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Te Waonui Forest Retreat

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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good20%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Free Wifi
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Non-Smoking Hotel
Restaurant
Room Service
Family Rooms
5 Star Hotel
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Reviewed 5 days ago

What can I say......? The American group I was guiding who stayed one night with you wanted to stay at least 2 nights...that says it all. You Richard (lugging cases, rolling up your sleeves) and your team were tops and set the bar high for...More

Thank QCLodge
Response from Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest RetreatResponded 3 days ago

Dear QCLodge Absolute pleasure to assist with your discerning guests! Always makes a huge difference when Tour Directors are organised and I can clearly remember you were just that :-) Thank you for your high rating and feedback. Yours sincerely Richard

Reviewed 6 days ago

We booked a two night stay at the Scenic Franz Josef and were advised when we checked in that we were getting an upgrade to the Te Waonui Forest Retreat. (No one ever really explained why...) This hotel was very nice and well situated for...More

Thank 2Much2See41Lifetime
Response from Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest RetreatResponded 3 days ago

Dear 2Much2See41Lifetime The reason for the upgrade was pretty much your having paid a high rate at Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier and Te Waonui Forest Retreat having availability on these reservation dates, so let's exceed guest expectations one! Glad you had a great time....More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The setting from our room was wonderful. It is a short walk to the shops. The beds were worn and had depressions in them they had pillow tops but they weren’t thick enough to fill the depressions in the mattress. The resultant meal was delicious.More

Thank Denise M
Response from Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest RetreatResponded 3 days ago

Dear Denise All King bedroom mattresses at Te Waonui Forest Retreat are brand new and were replaced in December 2017. I am thinking the feather topper we place on top of our mattresses created the worn impression you refer to in your message. Yours sincerely...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So we didn't want to leave this hotel because it was so cozy. The rooms are situated largely around a central forested, almost jungle like garden with tall trees in the garden. The rooms were quiet and very nicely furnished and the hotel is in...More

Thank Junebughiker
Response from Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest RetreatResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Junebughiker Thank you so much and I am pleased that you appreciated some of our finer touches. Yours sincerely Richard

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely hotel with fabulous rooms, comfortable beds, air con which worked. Bathrooms had heated floors and walk in showers. Everything provided - robes, toiletries, tea, coffee, ironing board etc. Balconies with forest views. Outside stunning mountain views. Walking distance to a Glacial hot pool centre...More

Thank HellholesLtd
Response from Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest RetreatResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear HellholesLtd Thank you for choosing us and we appreciate your recommendation as a Hotel. Yours sincerely Richard

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Travellers' Choice2018 Winner
Certificate of Excellence
Amenities
Top amenities
Free Parking
Room Service
Restaurant
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar/Lounge
Breakfast included
Spa
Hotel Amenities
Free Parking
Room Service
Breakfast included
Dry Cleaning
Meeting Rooms
Business Centre with Internet Access
Laundry Service
Concierge
Banquet Room
Multilingual Staff
Room amenities
Refrigerator in room
Minibar
Things to do
Restaurant
Bar/Lounge
Spa
Details
Price range
US$474 - US$679 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel class
Hotel Style
#1 Romantic Hotel in Franz Josef
#1 Luxury Hotel in Franz Josef
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms, Accessible rooms
Details
Price range
US$474 - US$679 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel class
Hotel Style
#1 Romantic Hotel in Franz Josef
#1 Luxury Hotel in Franz Josef
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms, Family Rooms, Accessible rooms
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Traveller (270)
Room & Suite (93)
Dining (37)
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shashank s
28 September 2017|
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Response from Blue C | Reviewed this property |
It looked pretty empty during breakfast so perhaps reservations are not necessary.
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Aussiekiki
16 December 2016|
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Response from Richard B | Property representative |
Dear Tigers4Me Our normal Five Course Degustation price is $130 which excludes wines/course. Yours sincerely Richard
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Out-of-SFO
16 October 2015|
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Response from Richard B | Property representative |
Dear Out-of-SF Apologies for my belated response. Yes, we will be offering a traditional Christmas dinner on 25 December 2015. Please discuss with me your preferred activities during your time with us and I would be more... More
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Room Tips
"Amazing forest location and yet very close to the town"
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"A room with a terrace and jungle view is the best!"
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"This hotel is surrounded by greenery so all rooms are good."
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"Ground floor rooms are said to have the best views. Rooms near 1119 are very noisy during nighttime hours."
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