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Holiday Cottage At Ribbonwood Retreat Bed And Breakfast Franz Josef Glacier Oversized Bed Looking Out to Parkland And Native Trees



Located near the heart of Glacier Country, on the secluded West Coast of New Zealand, Ribbonwood Retreat is a serene haven just a short 5-minute drive from Franz Josef Glacier village. Set upon two and a half acres of manicured grounds, the property has native bush, lush lawns, and a myriad of birdlife. We believe in the transformative power of nature and its ability to heal, inspire, and rejuvenate the human spirit. Our purpose is to create a sanctuary where guests can disconnect from the hectic pace of modern life and reconnect with the beauty and serenity of Mother Nature. We are driven by our passion for sustainability and our deep connection to the stunning landscape of the Southern Alps and Glacier Country. 

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Immerse yourself in the beauty of Westland National Park, as our boutique stay offers two distinct accommodation options. The Cottage, a charming Scandinavian-inspired abode, provides a private, fully self-contained retreat with stunning glacier and mountain views. Relax on the deck, enjoy a plush King bed, and savor the magic of a West Coast sunset.

Alternatively, the Waiho Suite, a two-bedroom abode, offers exclusive use of the top floor of our host's home. Lose yourself in the breathtaking vistas of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, allowing nature to embrace and rejuvenate you completely.

Indulge in our delectable breakfast menu, featuring fresh produce from our garden and homemade and local ingredients. From mouthwatering fresh fruit crepes to hearty cooked breakfasts with farm-fresh eggs, homemade bread, and preserves, or our famous vegan waffles, the choice is yours to embark on a culinary journey that delights the senses.

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Ribbonwood Retreat has two suites. The Waiho Suite gives guests exclusive private use of the entire top floor of Julie & Jo's home and can sleep two to three people. The private garden Cottage, is nestled separately amidst native plantings and can sleep two people.





Indulge in our delectable breakfast menu, featuring fresh produce from our garden and homemade and local ingredients.

Native Garden


Guests are invited to wander through the harmonious blend of native gardens and edible landscapes, abundant with birdlife.

Nearby Lake


Lake Mapourika awaits, ready to provide moments of awe and relaxation and adventure during your stay at Ribbonwood Retreat. Picnic, swim, paddle, fish, sunsets and cruise.

Free Wifi


Ribbonwood Retreat offers fast, reliable unlimited and free WiFi.

Daily Housekeeping


Daily room servicing is available unless guests request for it not to be serviced.


We are passionate about offering a fully-fledged concierge service and assist in booking activities aligned with your level of adventure and interests. 



Located within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ribbonwood Retreat is not just your typical lodging place. We are committed partners of UNESCO, actively supporting its cause to safeguard our rich heritage for future generations. Our operations align with the principles of sustainable tourism, and we proudly uphold the Tiaki Promise. Our collective actions are designed to enrich your experience while simultaneously enhancing the health of the Glacier Country environment, making a positive impact on Aotearoa, New Zealand.



Nature Immersion

 Explore numerous ways to immerse yourself in the natural environment in Glacier Country.


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Lake Mapourika


Discover the tranquil playground of Lake Mapourika, mirror-like reflections, breathtaking sunsets, fishing, swimming, sunbathing, picnics, paddling, and cruise adventures await. 

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The Glacier


Hike the Franz Josef Glacier - an unforgettable alpine adventure. Find our ways to get close to her in all her glory, from land and from the sky. 

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Experience unforgettable hikes through ancient ice, pristine rainforests, and mesmerizing alpine landscapes. 

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Eat + Drink


Indulge in Franz Josef Glacier's culinary delights and our handpicked selection of fabulous dining and café destinations. 

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Soar above Glacier Country on New Zealand's West Coast with thrilling helicopter and plane experiences. Witness awe-inspiring ice formations, cascading waterfalls, and lush rainforests from a bird's-eye view.

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"From the get-go, we felt at home. The cottage was beautifully presented, with everything we could have wished for. The breakfast was delicious."

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