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Rainforest Backpackers Reviews

46 Cron St., Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef, New Zealand

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107 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 78%Security
  • 90%Location
  • 89%Staff
  • 81%Atmosphere
  • 81%Cleanliness
  • 83%Facilities

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Double ensuite - very nice room with TV and great shower. The room was very clean, however the kitchen was a disaster. Most if not all hostels have policies regarding cleaning up after yourself, but some of the guests left a lot of mess and it was just left there. The pub linked to the site was great. Big open fires, TV screens to watch the rugby :) .... The food was good and cheap - get a discount menu if you are a guest.


Great location, fab bar. TV lounge could be a little comfier - where's the light switch? Would def recommend though.


So this backpackers is kind of split into two parts. One is the backpackers area, and there is also a motel. In general, we had a nice stay - We stayed in the motel bit, it was a little bit "family vacation". The staff were very welcoming and helpful (and even upgraded our room). The kitchens were the big let down, out of 12 electric hotplates, only 1 really worked, and also non-intuitive, non-functioning gas hotplates. There was also a cat that kind of lived in the kitchen. Very unhygienic.


Great place which caters for a few budgets. We had an upgrade on arrival as they were quiet, which was appreciated. Room was a good size; comfy bed; good size en suite. The kitchen was massive! Plenty of room and good cooking utensils- you don't get those everywhere! The girl who checked us in (name I cant remember- long, auburn hair) was fab! Friendly, helpful and really welcoming. Good hostel.


Its a good place to stay. Big kitchen, free hot tub, pub nearby, friendly dogs. My only complaint is that the clothes driers are expensive and half didnt work.


Over-rated hostel: the rooms are under furnished - no hooks to hang clothes, no reading light, not even a table (just beds, a small mirror and a heater). Horrible atmosphere: plays host to Bus tour groups who are loud and anti-social. Very slow WIFI. THey charge $8 for clothes washing and drying. Next to no security, and the cleaning staff leave all the room doors open during the day. Sure, a free Spa and sauna, but you get what you pay for (i.e. former: dirty and latter: very small).


Great hostel, the kitchen has great facilities and everything was clean which is a rare find. The hostel is perfectly positioned close to the hot springs which was perfect after a days hiking. Good rooms and clean bathrooms


We had one of the four bed dorm rooms to ourselves which was great. The hostel is part of the hotel/spa complex which is really good as you get the same facilities as those who have the 'posh' rooms. The bar was excellent, made all the better by the bar staff Shelly and Tom who actively encouraged us to have as much fun as possible. Pool competitions and pizza parties plus happy hour made for two happy ladies!


This place was amazing. Having the Monsoon bar and restaurant on site made things so easy. 2mins from the hot pools-great! Only thing is no free wi-fi.


We were then when three tour buses went through. The hostel ran out of toilet paper in the evening and there wasn't any still in the morning. Kitchen was large. They did an $15 all you can eat pizza deal in the bar but the staff wasn't very friendly.

  • 16th Jun 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


A lovely place to stay. Really welcoming. The outdoor spa pool is a great way to unwind on an evening and the monsoon bar does great value and friendly pizza evenings.


Excellent place to stay. The staff were very helpful and the free spa was awesome after hiking. The bar is a great place to meet people and there was $15 all you can eat pizza while I was there. The communal kitchen is huge but is directly below the dorms, so can get noisy when people are leaving early in the morning. It's also a stopover for tour buses which some people may want to avoid.

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