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Te Waonui Forest Retreat

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3 Wallace Street, Franz Josef, Westland Tai Poutini National Park 7856 New Zealand
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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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BernieM wrote a review 1 Mar
Porirua, New Zealand8 contributions
We loved staying at Te Waonui Forest Retreat. Clean, modern and luxurious. A tranquil location amongst the forest song. The little extra's we discovered during our stay were like a cherry on top! Highly recommend a stay here.
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Alison J wrote a review Feb 2021
Wanaka, New Zealand14 contributions1 helpful vote
Loved everything about Te Waonui Forest Retreat. We don't usually book hotel resorts when travelling in NZ but chose to do so given the lack of ability to head overseas and wanted to support the local area after 3 day bike ride. What a treat! It felt like we were on holiday overseas until we stepped outside to view the gorgeous West Coast forest and glacier. Surprised and very pleased to see there were complementary guest washing machine and drier - a real bonus after turning up with 3 days worth dirty biking gear. The team at the Te Waonui were exceptional. They were friendly and passionate about explaining what was on offer in the area. The rooms were a great size and complementary red wine on arrival plus a bottle of bubbles in the fridge was an added bonus. The "two nights for one" deal that we booked made the resort unbelievably reasonable and the restaurant was superb - breakfast as well as dinner. Will definitely head back there when we get the opportunity.
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ClaireWinter79 wrote a review Feb 2021
Dunedin, New Zealand3 contributions2 helpful votes
Absolutely beautiful surroundings and outstanding rooms and service. Without a doubt the best place we have stayed during our entire trip. If you love nature, stunning surroundings and exceptional service then this is the place for you.
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Response from Brad M, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest Retreat
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Hi Claire Thank you for your review, great to read that you had an excellent stay with us and that you enjoyed our facilities and natural rainforest setting All the best
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Robin P wrote a review Feb 2021
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Excellent setting, rooms well-appointed and spotlessly clean, with decent size mugs for tea or coffee and superb cuisine. The service was excellent and it was the best hotel out of five by miles, so far, we have stayed in in the South Island
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Hi Robin P Thank you for your kind review, great that we could offer you a great TW experience All the best
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Terry S wrote a review Feb 2021
Gold Coast, Australia4 contributions3 helpful votes
Fabulous hotel with terrific facilities. Restaurant is relaxing with views of native bush and the staff are authentic, friendly with good food being presented. The rooms are of a good size, warm and with comfortable beds. Your balconies all look out onto native bush. The Gem we found was our front office manager Umesh. He made the tourist spots come alive for us as well as getting us the best prices for Heli tours. He knows this area so well and is passionate to share it with you. We had an adventure instead of just a hotel stay.
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Hi Terry S Thank you for your review, its great that you experienced our hotel and the facilities that we offer, and thank you for acknowledging Umesh who assisted you with your Heli Tour All the best
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PRICE RANGE
US$454 - US$574 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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te waonui forest retreat hotel franz josef
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandWest Coast RegionWestland Tai Poutini National ParkFranz Josef
NUMBER OF ROOMS
100
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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), Tatare Tunnels Walk (0.2 km), and Te Koha Gallery (0.5 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.