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Te Waonui Forest Retreat

3 Wallace Street, Franz Josef, Westland Tai Poutini National Park 7856 New Zealand
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#3 of 13 hotels in Franz Josef
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Luxury hotels in New Zealand don't get any better than this! Nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest at Franz Josef is a very special five-star Qualmark rated retreat. Designed with utmost care of its precious environment, guests at Te Waonui Forest Retreat will find themselves encircled by rainforest and accommodated in natural and sustainable luxury. Te Waonui Forest Retreat promises all its guests a truly unique and memorable experience. At one with nature, the five-star Qualmark rated Te Waonui Forest Retreat is the ultimate coming together of luxury escape and environmental awareness. Great care has been taken to ensure this exceptional forest retreat steps lightly upon the earth, from the organic cotton bedspreads to its recycled local building materials. Discerning travellers will appreciate the hotel’s attention to detail, which starts with attentive personal service upon arrival, and continues throughout all the hotel facilities and every aspect of your stay. As our guest you will enjoy exceptional quality and service, including: Luxuriously appointed guest rooms, generously proportioned and featuring the highest standard of room amenities, such as your personal pillow menu, natural wool mattress underlay, and high speed Internet access. Dining among the tres in ‘The Canopy’ restaurant, and savouring quality local cuisine, including an indulgent five-course degustation dinner. Innovative, environmentally sustainable architecture and building materials that create a healthy, warm and quiet haven for you to enjoy. Easy access to many excellent local attractions, including the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, just minutes away.
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Michael VS wrote a review 20 Apr
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We were booked to stay at a another of the group hotels but received the opportunity to stay at Te Waonui Forest Retreat. What a lovely surprise. Amazing check in experience with friendly staff member and on to a luxurious, well appointed room. Clean and comfortable in a lovely tranquil setting but allowing easy access to the surrounds.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Room Tip: Our room was well sound proofed. There were many other guests at the hotel but did not hear them...
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Ebz0r wrote a review 17 Apr
Dunedin, New Zealand48 contributions27 helpful votes
Right off the main road, this hotel feels like an oasis smack bang in the middle of the rainforest. You wouldn't know there's a highway nearby, honest! The room was spacious and comfortable, well outfitted with a bath and beautifully high pressured shower! I had a relaxing massage at the spa, and although I was unable to have the deep tissue massage I wanted, it was great and I was on cloud 9 when it was over. The restaurant served a brilliant dinner, the beef fillet was amazing! I had breakfast both mornings, and the only reason this review isn't getting a full 5 stars is because I felt the first breakfast (a la carte) was really lacking. I had the waffles and was.. not impressed. I've never been disappointed by bacon until then, either! Half of it tasted like charcoal and the other half like chewy water. The second day's breakfast, buffet style, was really great, however. Without fault the staff at Te Waonui were polite and attentive, despite this being the last month of its operation for an unknown period of time. They must be worried for the futures, but it didn't show. Bravo to them all, thank you, and best of luck for the future.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
ExpatzAbroad wrote a review 15 Apr
San Francisco, California5 contributions12 helpful votes
We had booked into the Scenic Circle Franz Josef for a weekend getaway and were surprised to find upon arrival that we had been moved to Te Waonui Forest Retreat. We were a bit taken aback as the hotel website had accepted our booking for the Scenic Circle and there was no mention of it not being available. However, our experience at Te Wainui ended up being wonderful! The hotel and our room were spotless, elegantly furnished and comfortable. The breakfast buffet was excellent. But most importantly was the customer service, starting with Joy and Sunil ( sp?), and including every staff person we encountered during our stay. Across the board they were helpful and pleasant and a pleasure to deal with. We will definitely choose Te Waonui on future vsits to Franz Josef Glacier!
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Date of stay: April 2021
lian06 wrote a review 12 Apr
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Stayed 2 nights with bed & breakfast package. Location in bush is fantastic. Our room welcoming and comfortable, all the amenities you’d hope for. Dining room lovely space amongst the trees, food was excellent, service also very good. Spa services also excellent and reasonably priced for a resort. More than happy to return.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Lynne R wrote a review 11 Apr
Whangamata, New Zealand10 contributions
Of course a trip to Westland may coincide with lots of rain but it was actually rather calming to be in the lovely rooms of Te Waonui Forest retreat set right in the forest, listening to and watching the rain. It’s a great hotel with very welcoming and helpful staff; the lounge with signature fireplace serves excellent cocktails; good food too in the restaurant. An excellent therapist too, so I took advantage of the indoor option to enjoy a wonderful facial.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Brad M, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Lynne Thank you for your review, pleased to read that you enjoyed all the facilities that Te Waonui has to offer All the best
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New ZealandSouth IslandWest Coast RegionWestland Tai Poutini National ParkFranz Josef
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Frequently Asked Questions about Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Te Waonui Forest Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting (0.3 km), Te Koha Gallery (0.5 km), and Tatare Tunnels Walk (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Te Waonui Forest Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Te Waonui Forest Retreat?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Te Waonui Forest Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Te Waonui Forest Retreat?
Yes, valet parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Te Waonui Forest Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Alice May, BLUE ICE RESTAURANT & BAR, and Monsoon Bar & Restaurant.
Is Te Waonui Forest Retreat located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Franz Josef.
Does Te Waonui Forest Retreat offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Te Waonui Forest Retreat?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Church of St. James (10.7 km).
Does Te Waonui Forest Retreat have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Te Waonui Forest Retreat accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.