The Rainforest Retreat is for travelers craving an untouched natural adventure in New Zealand. Wake up in a misty canopy of trees on the edge of Franz Josef and the country's famed great outdoors.

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New Zealand’s west coast mountains and dense bush are the¬†spectacular backdrop at Rainforest Retreat. Spacious deluxe rooms feel as though they are floating in the foliage. Puffy clouds touch the tree-topped mountains beyond your window.

A king bed topped with plush pillows will instantly send you off into pleasant dreams in the Deluxe Tree Hut. Even the en-suite bathroom is a heavenly treat with a rain shower. Cool, misty mornings aren’t so bad with the underfloor heating to warm you up.

Succumb to the serenity and seclusion of nature on your Deluxe Tree Lodge’s private deck. Large windows give the illusion that you are living in the forest. Comfy sofas flank patterned rugs, and the whole vibe is delightfully laid back.

Feel like a kid again in the Deluxe Two Bedroom Spa Tree House. Kick back in the bubbling spa pool while the birds chirp and the soft breeze blows through the trees.

There is plenty to explore around the Rainforest Retreat. Adventure-seekers wanting to do more than just relax will be kept satisfied. Glide by kayak in the Okarito Lagoon, the country’s largest untouched wetland. Grab your binoculars: rare native birds are frequently sighted, and this is the country’s only White Heron nesting colony. Mirror-like waters reflect the snow-capped mountain vistas.

Pull on your coat to stay warm on a glacier walk. Guides navigate through deep crevasses where you will hear the echoes and groans of slow moving ice. You will feel tiny standing next to the luminescent-looking blue shapes. For a warmer option, soar above the scene in a helicopter.

Once you have built up a hearty appetite with all your outdoor activities, set off to the Monsoon Restaurant for pre-dinner drinks around the cozy fireplace. It’s a lively place for a relaxed dining experience at Rainforest Retreat.

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