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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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#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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drinkh20 wrote a review May 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand13 contributions
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Te Waonui. Accommodation was warm and comfortable with a lovely view of the forest. Very calming and tranquil. Especially enjoyed the big breakfast and had a lovely dinner in their restaurant too😊. Staff were very friendly and the service was great! We liked how close the village was to walk to and also the hot pools👍
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi drinkh20 Thank you for your review, pleased the facilities and service of the hotel All the best
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R R wrote a review Apr 2021
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Modern rooms that are quiet and in stunning bush surroundings with vi3ws of the mountains. Freindly staff and a good breakfast too. Lots of parking and close to everything. Stay here when in Franz Josef.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Hi RR694 Thank you for your review, pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us All the best
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Heather S wrote a review Apr 2021
Randwick, Australia8 contributions
We spent 2 nights here. The hotel is conveniently situated in the town with ability to walk to restaurants within a couple minutes. The room looked on to rainforest, with a sneaky view of the mountain in the background. It was private and quiet. The reception staff were extremely helpful and went above and beyond to make our stay special after our engagement. They even gave us a cake with congratulations written on it! It was a lovely surprise.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 28 Apr 2021
Hi Heather Thank you for your review , please that we could make your engagement special during your stay with us All the best
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MilmineM wrote a review Apr 2021
Auckland, New Zealand472 contributions149 helpful votes
Stayed here for 2 nights as a family of four. Very helpful and accommodation front desk staff. The spa is excellent and the massage from Asha is probably the best I’ve ever had. Dined one night in the Canopy Restaurant - good choice of menu items although perhaps a little pricey in the current climate. Breakfast also good with an excellent a la carte menu. Rooms very nicely appointed with private balconies looking directly out into the forest.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 26 Apr 2021
Hi Megan M Thank you for you review, , appreciate your kind comments on our spa service, dining and the service from the team All the best
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Mike V wrote a review Apr 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand10 contributions1 helpful vote
Having travelled through the beautiful Haast Pass, we stopped in Franz Josef and spent one night in this beautiful retreat. Nestled in amongst native bush, had we known how special a place this was we would have planned another couple of nights! Welcomed by friendly staff, our room was clean, contemporary with attention to detail. Highest quality linens, underlays, pillows, etc and the bed was super comfortable. The rooms overlook native bush and the bird song is beautiful. We enjoyed a high quality meal in the restaurant. The restaurant and the Retreat are decorated to a high-end quality and overlook/are surrounded by native bush which is very restful. We thoroughly recommend this retreat and hope to be back again some day!
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Responded 26 Apr 2021
Hi Mike V Thank you for review, great to read that you enjoyed our facilities, service and atmosphere 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), 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.