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What you offer

Hours per day

Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.


Exchange and wash bed linens. Make the beds.


Help clean the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas.

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What you get

Days off per week

Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.

Shared Dorm

Be ready to meet people while staying in a shared dorm.


Have your free dinner before going to bed.

Free Laundry

There's a special place where all the clothes get cleaned for free.


Worldpackers team will guide and advise you before, during and after your trip.

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The Experience

The Rainforest Retreat is set in the beautiful rainforest at the base of the Franz Josef glacier. We work in Housekeeping for approximately 4.5 hours daily and in return you get a bed, a nightly meal in our on site restaurant and a couple of drinks from the bar, laundry and use of our huge hot tub and sauna. We host a large amount of backpackers from all over the world so it's a great place to have some fun and make life long friends.

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  • Intermediate English

  • Over 18 years old

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Stay at least
2 weeks
Stay up to
4 weeks

Talk to those who have lived the experience

7 Reviews

Host & Staff

Hours & Tasks


Learning & Fun


Great team! The work was fine! The place is nice with a beautiful view on the mountains. Thanks Oscar!

11 months ago


Disappointed that you learn nothing you just work as a housekeeper and you need to really hurry up. The accomadation was ok. For the drink in the bar it wasn't cool because you have a restricted choice and if you want a cocktail for example you have to pay for it.
The good point is that the location is truely amazing and if other people do that with you it is a good way to meet people.
I leave before the end because I needed to go back home for an emergency but I wasn't really sad to leave

over 1 year ago

United States

It was good, my roommates were amazing. Met some very interesting people, had some great laughs. There isn't an option for working 5-10 though, like their profile states. Only the 9:30-2 shift, you don't get a day off until your second week there. Which is insane, you don't really get time to "explore" much of anything.

over 1 year ago


Being at the Rainforest Retreat was a very cool experience overall! You get to meet a lot of people from around the world and you also get awesome food! They let me use one of their rental bikes to go to the glaciar so that was pretty cool. It's only a 25 minute beautiful bike ride from the hostel. The staff treated me like family and made me feel welcome from the start.

over 1 year ago


Work is ok, accomodation is ok too, but the area is great, the food is awesome, and the drinks are more than welcome! If you get nice housemates, it's going to be a great experience!

over 1 year ago
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About Rainforest Retreat

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  • Hosted by Oscar

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  • Response Rate: 60%
  • Response Time: A few hours

About the host

Would you like FREE accommodation in a 4 bed room (NO BUNKS) with sky tv in your room set amongst lush rainforest. A FREE nightly staff meal & a couple of beers or wines in our super cool Monsoon bar & Restaurant. Use of the biggest spa pool in New Zealand Use of our scandinavian sauna & FREE Laundry. We are looking for happy positive people who can stay from at least 2 weeks helping our fantastic housekeeping team keep our resor...

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