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Te Waonui Forest Retreat

5.0 of 5 3 Wallace Street, off State Highway 6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Mountain View, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
45 hotel reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

+ve Decent sized rooms with nice fixtures and ambience (our room looked out to the forest on two sides). Heated floors, volume adjustable TV speaker, mirror with defogger in bathroom. Comfy beds and pillows. Open mini-bar refrigerator with space for private items. Ok breakfast with milk and cereal, pastries, fruits and fruit juices for vegetarians. Toast is served at the... More

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Ottawa
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86 reviews 86 reviews
28 hotel reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I just completed an 18 day tour of New Zealand and this was the favourite place for nearly everyone on the trip (and we stayed at some top end hotels). The rooms are beautifully appointed and the balconies face the reinforest. It's like being in a tropical paradise. I particularly enjoyed the radiate heating in the bathroom and the beds... More

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Having spent a complete relaxing & pleasurable time at 'Te Waonui Retreat' we throughly enjoyed our stay. The positioning of the retreat set in native bush surroundings is brilliant along with the food which was superb. The service is impeccable which starts at your time of arrival to the time of departure provided by the General Manager Richard, and the... More

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

Dear Ken and Heather Thank you for choosing us and I am so pleased to read that everybody did their bit to ensure your stay was such a pleasant one! We look forward to welcoming you back from sunny Nelson in the near future :-) Yours sincerely Richard More

Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Richard and the whole team did everything to make our stay perfect and succeeded. I'm so glad I chose to spend my 70th there. The service from everyone was amazing and the rooms so comfortable.The food was superb and relaxed with no rush. Couldn't fault a thing. We hope to return again to this idyllic haven. Sandra

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

Dear Sandra Thank you for celebrating your 70th birthday with us at Te Waonui Forest Retreat. Glad that your four night stay was such an enjoyable one, and if I can ever assist with anything in future please do not hesitate to call. Yours sincerely Richard PS. Mihi ma hana ki a koe, warm greetings from Melvin :-) More

Maroochydore, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a luxury eco resort set in thick rain forest with accessible walking tracks. The service is of a very high standard and large suites well fitted out with beautiful appointments. An unusual addition to the comprehensive breakfast buffet was chilled champagne with the usual juices.

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

Dear Oldies8 Glad to read that you enjoyed your time with us and that our personal and finer touches were appreciated. Thank you for this feedback. Yours sincerely Richard More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed one night and we were delighted by the exceptional level of service not only from the general manager Richard but all staff the waiters, porters, front desk, & bar tender. Everyone went out of their way to ensure our stay was fantastic. The rooms are well appointed, very comfortable (great beds & pillows) and the location is set within... More

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

Dear Mike Thank you for putting pen to paper. We enjoyed hosting your motorcycle party at Te Waonui Forest Retreat and glad that I could assist to ensure your time with us was good one. Thank you once again for including us on your exciting South Island travel itinerary. Yours sincerely Richard More

Notts
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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant food and waiter/waitress service is excellent. The steak is some of the best we have ever tasted. The restaurant staff are attentive and keen to please. However....the kitchen were SLOW. The food took nearly 3 hours to serve the meal and everyone was complaining. The food was very good when it arrived but it took so long. The... More

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

Dear Arandbee Disappointing to read how we slipped up with these irritating points that ultimately compounded and caused you to leave Te Waonui Forest Retreat with such a bad taste in your mouth! Sincerest apologies, all these points were well within our capability of controlling and you will see that this is not the normal level of service our valued... More

Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On arrival we were greeted by the Maori warrior and porter. Reception had been made aware that I was suffering back problems so a masseuse was waiting for us and a physiotherapist was available within hours. Rooms were excellent and the food quite nice. Staff were approachable and most helpful. We can highly recommend this Hotel.

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

Dear Raymond169 Thank you for your this feedback. I am pleased that you enjoyed your massage and that we could ensure your stay was an enjoyable and comfortable one. Yours sincerely Richard More

Newcastle, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the moment we pulled up the staff we very friendly and helpful, without exception. The room was very well laid out, good facilities and a very good restaurant compete the package. As I am writing this review I am listening to the morning bird song, very relaxing.

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

Dear Peter W Thank you for making the trip to visit and pleasing to read that you enjoyed your relaxing time with us at Te Waonui Forest Retreat. Yours sincerely Richard More

Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the most amazing weekend here. The spa, restaurant, room, and staff far exceeded our expectations. The scenery blew us away, it was peaceful and tranquil. By far the best place I have stayed in NZ.

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

Dear Hawkesbay47, Thank you. Considering you come from such a beautiful part of the world with lots of great accommodation options, I am pleased that you enjoyed our scenery and service at Te Waonui Forest Retreat. Yours sincerely Richard More

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Additional Information about Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Address: 3 Wallace Street, off State Highway 6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Te Waonui Forest Retreat 5*
Number of rooms: 100
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