Ribbonwood is such a lovely B and B and Julie and Jo were amazing. We were one of their last guests before the quarantine in NZ cut our trip short and they were very conscientious about ensuring our social distance was maintained throughout our stay in their extremely clean home. The information they provided on seeing the glacier, restaurants, things to do and even places to stop as we travelled to our next destination was most helpful. We stayed in the main house and our room was quiet and very comfortable, with a separate entrance that made it very easy for us to come and go. They have lovely gardens, chickens that provide fresh eggs for a delicious breakfast. We would highly recommend this b and b if you are going to FJG.
Our stay at Ribbonwood was one of the most memorable experiences of our honeymoon to NZ. When we made our reservation, we expected a beautiful view of the mountains from our cottage based on pictures. Well, that view and the cottage blew our expectations out of the water. But the most memorable part of our experience were the hosts, Julie and Jo.A wonderful couple, they are so warm, welcoming and hospitable, and not to mention both excellent cooks. And Jo doubles as a local travel agent, based on his years of experience in the Dept. of Conservation and passion and appreciation of NZ's natural beauty. We loved learning from Jo's wealth of knowledge. Thank you both for an incredible stay in Franz Josef!
Ribbonwood Retreat is a lovely bed & breakfast situated in a quiet and beautiful location. The rooms are very clean and comfortable, ours had an outside deck with seating area. I would recommend a stay of at least 3 nights just in case you have to re-arrange your activities due to the weather. What sets it aside from other bed and breakfasts and make it so special are the hosts Julie and Jo. From the moment you arrive they welcome you into their home and ensure that you make the most of your stay in this stunning area of New Zealand. Their advice, enthusiasm and knowledge from the time we made the booking was invaluable, they even gave us a list of things to see on our journey from Lake Wanaka to Franz Josef. Julie booked all our activities including a helicopter ride with snow landing at Mount Cook, Kayaking at Okarito and my husband an extreme heli-hike on the Fox Glacier which he hasn't stopped talking about. In the evening there is even a free taxi service to some of the restaurants in Franz Josef village which Julie kindly arranged for us, nothing was too much trouble. Breakfasts were a sociable affair where we were introduced to guests from other parts of the world. We enjoyed home made pancakes with eggs from their chickens and home made bread. We were on a 3 month tour of New Zealand but Ribbonwood Retreat and the hospitality of Julie and Jo will always be remembered with fondness and hopefully one day we will return.…
Ribbonwood Retreat is just a short distance out of Franz Josef and is an extremely good BandB. We were in the cottage (there are two other rooms in the house) which was large and well equipped. Local restaurants were willing to collect and return us to Ribbonwood Retreat after a meal. The hosts were extremely friendly and helpful. An outstanding BandB and highly recommended.
My wife and i stayed her on our recent trip around NZ We were met by the hosts and shown our beautiful rooms with great views a shirt distance out of town We had a welcome cup of tea and Anzac biscuits then were give all the local knowledge you could wish for including suggesting local restaurants and arranging for them to pick us up and drop us off after I cannot praise the experience highly enough Just thanks again if we every get back to NZ we will return Thanks Malcolm and Wendy