Chalet at sunrise with blue skies and dew on lawns

Welcome to Kahere Retreat

Designed by nature lovers
for nature lovers,

Kahere Retreat offers a unique stay on the West Coast of New Zealand.  Family owned and operated, our uniquely hand-crafted eco chalets are the ideal base from which to explore Glacier Country.

Interior seating and stairs of Kahere Chalet

Unique eco-style chalets

All our wooden chalets are hand crafted from native timbers and are fully self-contained offering a comfortable home-away-from-home. Designed to provide the perfect environment to relax your body and soul, reconnect with nature, and recharge pure energy to explore untamed wilderness.

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Perfectly located in the heart of Glacier Country

Surrounded by nature and birdsong, and with the Southern Alps visible from most of the property, Kahere Retreat is just a five-minute drive from Franz Josef township. This puts the area’s many attractions right on your doorstep, while offering a peaceful and private place to unwind at the end of the day.

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Guests enjoying a wine in the spa looking at the snowy mountain range behind them
Guests sitting in covered bbq area with snowy mountains in background

So much to see & do

Explore nature at its pristine best in World Heritage-listed Glacier Country. You’re spoilt for choice of things to do with incredible scenic walks, picturesque lakes, majestic mountains and historic remnants of the gold rush days all just a short walk or drive from Kahere Retreat. Venture further and discover rugged beaches and stunning lagoons. Or, take to the skies on a helicopter flight and view ancient glaciers.

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A warm welcome awaits

Your hosts, Judith and Danny, along with their two boys, Finlay and Rory, and their friendly dog, Frankie love to share their little slice of paradise with guests. So, whether you’re looking for a romantic escape, a peaceful retreat or a family-friendly, pet-friendly accommodation option, you’ll find it here.

Our Story

View through window into chalet

Kind Words

“A beautiful place and handy location close to Franz Josef! The kitchen is beautiful and functional and the chalet is cosy, warm and wonderfully designed. The location is quiet with lovely birdlife and we even got a visit from Frankie the dog! Highly recommend!”


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