We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Travelers' Choice award winner
Book on TripAdvisor
in partnership with
Trusted partner. We work with Tingo to make your booking as easy as possible.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
1 room
Check In Check Out
Please enter your travel dates to continue
Check Availability
Book on
or compare prices from up to 200 sites including:
Professional photos
Te Waonui Forest Retreat
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers","shims"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))","shims":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'shims'))"}},"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

517 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 470: English reviews
Level Contributor
26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed two nights. The hotel is very charming, with excellent restaurant, comfortable room and excelent and friendly service. The view from the room to a garden that looks like a mini sub tropical forest makes the environment even more relaxing and welcoming.

Helpful?
Thank Nadja W
paphos gardens
Level Contributor
116 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Actually stayed here last year in Feb. I was booked through a tour operator to stay somewhere else but turned up and they were fully booked so was sent here. And it was lovely. Greated by a lovely man and woman in traditional attire with kiwi juice and a wet towel. The gentleman carried my bag to my room for... More 

Helpful?
Thank kirstymac
Rochester, New York
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Near this resort (about two blocks away) is a path into a rainforest with glowworms. You enter near a tiny church. From this path on a clear night, the view from this path through the canopy of trees is breathtaking. I have NEVER seen stars like this. Thousands and thousands. I will never forget it. I think I was looking... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Margaret S
Brisbane, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Toilets and showers clean and tidy a bit of a surprise when I realised that the toilet and shower were in the same room. Staff very welcoming and helpful with advice on local attractions. No noise...very comfortable. We did the helicopter flight to the Glazier loved the whole experience.

Helpful?
1 Thank chris16011
Laguna Beach, California
Level Contributor
318 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

While many of the hotels on our journey were very nice and comfortable this was truly a five star experience. We were greeted by Nicolaas with a refreshing drink to enjoy as he provided us with a tour of the property before showing us our room. The room was first floor with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors onto a... More 

Helpful?
Thank Byron R
Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest Retreat, responded to this review

Dear Byron Thank you for staying, posting your review and special mention of Nicolaas! Yours sincerely Richard More 

Cannes, France
Level Contributor
14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

From our balcony we could very nearly reach out and touch the rain forest. From the railing across from our door we had a wonderful shot of the Franz Josef Glacier. The accommodations were luxurious, the bathroom floor was even heated and the toiletries were so nice. The location was also perfect as we were able to easily walk to... More 

Helpful?
Thank AprilD469
Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest Retreat, responded to this review

Dear AprilD469 We treasure this feedback. Thank you. Yours sincerely Richard More 

The Villages, Florida
Level Contributor
782 reviews
67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

We were supposed to stay at another hotel, but when we arrived they said they had arranged for us to be upgraded to this one. I figured they overbooked and that's why they had to do something. At any rate, this is a wonderful property. It's much larger than it appears and the areas look very well maintained. We were... More 

Helpful?
Thank Scott8147
Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest Retreat, responded to this review

Dear Scott8147 Thank you and I am pleased that expectations were exceeded! Yours sincerely Richard More 

Toronto
Level Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

We were supposed to stay at the Scenic hotel, but were told we had an upgrade to its sister hotel, The Te Waonui, next door and we gladly accepted. The Te Waonui is billed as a Rainforest hotel since the edge of the glacier area is in a temperate rainforest climate and the hotel was built among the trees and... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank MKIfoodie
Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest Retreat, responded to this review

Dear MKIfoodie Thank you for your visit and for taking the time to give us your valued feedback. Yours sincerely Richard More 

Colombo, Sri Lanka
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016 via mobile

Excellent service,rooms and overall stay. Food was superb!!!!!!!The manager himself showed us to the room. Nicholas our waiter was very good, polite,friendly and nice.Beautiful view from the rooms!!!!!! We enjoyed our stay very much.

Helpful?
Thank Dilhan1028
Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest Retreat, responded to this review

Dear Dilhan1028 Thank you for your feedback especially your mention of one of our super-stars Nicolaas! Yours sincerely Richard More 

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
37 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

I agree WOW ! What a super eco friendly hotel, balcony right in the rain forest, huge room with two king size beds, cannot praise it enough, food was exceptional as was the welcome, all the staff courteous and very obliging, wish we had a longer stay !

Helpful?
Thank Malcolm T
Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest Retreat, responded to this review

Dear Malcolm T Thank you for this valued feedback and pleased to read that you had such a wonderful time at Te Waonui Forest Retreat. Yours sincerely Richard More 

Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

158 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveler Photos (140)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (23)
Viewed
View from Room (9)
Viewed
Bathroom (8)
Viewed
Dining (18)
Viewed
Room/Suite (30)
Viewed
Business Center/Function Rooms (2)
Viewed
Other (50)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (18)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (4)
Viewed
Dining (5)
Viewed
Bathroom (1)
Viewed
Room/Suite (2)
Viewed
View from Room (1)
Viewed
Other (5)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Franz Josef
0.2 mi away
Aspen Court Franz Josef
Aspen Court Franz Josef
#1 of 13 in Franz Josef
4.5 of 5 stars 821 reviews
0.1 mi away
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier Hotel
2.1 mi away
Franz Josef Oasis
Franz Josef Oasis
#4 of 13 in Franz Josef
4.5 of 5 stars 243 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.1 mi away
The Terrace Motel
The Terrace Motel
#5 of 13 in Franz Josef
4.5 of 5 stars 231 reviews
0.2 mi away
10 Cottages
10 Cottages
#8 of 13 in Franz Josef
4.5 of 5 stars 198 reviews
0.1 mi away
58 On Cron Motel
58 On Cron Motel
#3 of 13 in Franz Josef
4.5 of 5 stars 402 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities

Highlights
  • Restaurant
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Spa
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Wheelchair access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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 

Additional Information about Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Address: 3 Wallace Street, 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: $482 - $636 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Te Waonui Forest Retreat 5*
Number of rooms: 100
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Agoda, Travelocity, Odigeo, Priceline and Cheap Tickets so you can book your Te Waonui Forest Retreat reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Te Waonui Forest Retreat Hotel Franz Josef
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Franz Josef
#1 Luxury Hotel in Franz Josef
#1 Romantic Hotel in Franz Josef
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay