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Te Waonui Forest Retreat

5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3 Wallace Street, off State Highway 6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
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Ranked #2 of 10 hotels in Franz Josef
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Apart from a handful of small settlements the 5 hour drive from Nelson to Franz Josef is one of solitude and breathtaking landscapes. There are very few cars on the road and even the omnipresent farmland of NZ recedes into virginal native forest and the rolling surf of the West Coast. Te Waonui Forest Retreat is set at the base... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The hotel is well situated on the edge of the rain forest in close proximity to the glacier. The management and staff did everything to make us feel welcome. The accommodation was first class and the dinner excellent. We could only stay one night; we would have liked to stay longer. The only mild criticism was about the breakfast -... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're going to Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand and you want to go first class, this is the hotel to stay at! It's a five star Spa retreat and we were treated like royalty. When we drove in, people were right there to take our luggage. There was also a Maori man dressed up like a warrior greeting... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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27 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is our - me, wife and two teenage sons - fourth stop on our tour of the South Island, and we arrived after a long car journey from Greymouth through the rain and after the train journey across from Christchurch - really worth doing this. So being a bit tired after a very early morning start check-in was unfortunately... More

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Mandi Gobindgarh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on our Honeymoon to Nz and Stayed at Beautiful Hill station of Franz joseph for one night..We reached resort after a long self drive through Mountains along the beautiful Ocean from Queenstown which is a worth experiencing.. Though the drive was too long but it was the most romantic self drive ever experienced... The Resort is located in... More

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Perth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband booked this place as our first stop in New Zealand as a surprise birthday treat for me. We were upgraded to 5* on arrival and met with a very refreshing drink and very attentive staff. The room/view was fantastic - very clean and comfortable with adequate tea/coffee facilities. We had dinner in the restaurant and tho' quiet the... More

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Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest Retreat, responded to this review

Dear Brenda Thank you for sharing your enjoyable experience at Te Waonui Forest Retreat with others.I am especially pleased that Te Waonui and staff set such a wonderful scene at a special time in your life for your future travels in New Zealand ! Yours sincerely Richard More

Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have just stayed in the Te Waonui Forest Retreat at Franz Joseph and cannot praise it enough. It provides the highest standards of comfort and the friendly staff give great care and attention to ensure that your needs are met.

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Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest Retreat, responded to this review

Dear Halt84 Thank you for your glowing review and for taking the time to come and visit us from Christchurch. We look forward to welcoming you again in the near future. Yours sincerely Richard More

Hobart, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an updated review of our 2 night stay at Te Waonui Forest Retreat. I was contacted by the general manager, Richard Bungeroth, following the posting of my original review and thanks to his personal and sincere response I felt I should revisit some of my comments. Things initially seemed promising following an "upgrade" when the Scenic Hotel just... More

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Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest Retreat, responded to this review

Dear Giyomymo A good night sleep is the primary reason why we exist as a Hotel in the first place, so sincerest apologies again for stumbling at the most basic of hurdles! Thankfully sleep deprivation, for whatever reason, is not a problem normally associated with the tranquility of Te Waonui but like we see, there is always a first time... More

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
26 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hotel reminded us of Centerparcs in its setting and to some extent the type of building. It very much feels like your room is in the forest. The room was spacious and clean. We struggled with the wool quilt which was very heavy - the second day we had just the cover which was much more comfortable! We ate... More

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Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest Retreat, responded to this review

Dear HeatherDavid Thank you for taking the time to give us your valued comments. Extra focus has been placed on ensuring our breakfast buffet remains topped-up during busy breakfast periods and I am pleased that you enjoyed your dinner at Te Waonui's Canopy Restaurant, Yours sincerely Richard More

Sunderland, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

stayed for one night in feb 2014 and it was a lovely experience. Were greeted with drinks on arrival and check in was quick and efficient. The room was lovely and comfortable and very clean and had a veranda/ view out into the rainforest. Very tranquil place to stay and just a short walk to the centre of Franz Josef.... More

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Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest Retreat, responded to this review

Dear Macvonsunderland Thank you for your valued comments and we will take a closer look at the pace of our Dinner service ensuring that our entire 5 Course Degustion experience takes no longer than 2 hours. Yours sincerely Richard More

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Also Known As:
Te Waonui Forest Retreat Hotel
Te Waonui Forest Retreat Hotel Franz Josef
Address: 3 Wallace Street, off State Highway 6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Franz Josef
#2 Luxury Hotel in Franz Josef
#3 Family Hotel in Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Te Waonui Forest Retreat 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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