Nestling on the edge of the rainforest and within the trees, Te Waonui is a sympathetically designed wood-faced hotel nevertheless conveniently located for the rest of (admittedly tiny) Franz Joseph.
Rooms are well-designed and comfortable, with good selections of toiletries and mini-bar items. The view is out onto the thick rainforest within the courtyard (the hotel is a square design with forest still in the centre) - you can't see the rooms opposite. There's a spa with hot pools next door if you're into that sort of thing, but it costs extra to use this.
The restaurant food and service were good: we got a deal on the multi-course set menu one night which was excellent and adapted well to our children's gluten and dairy intolerances. Breakfast was buffet style with a wide choice and it was hard not to seriously overeat.
Generally we were pleasantly suprised by the level of service and sophistication of this place: after all FJ is a bit in the middle of nowhere and the previous night near Greymouth had offered nothing but fairly basic B&Bs. FJ itself is charming too and well worth two or three days to explore and enjoy the multitude of outdoor activities available.More
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking