I was fortunate to receive an upgrade from Scenic to stay at their luxury hotel Te Waonui for the two nights my tour had me staying in Franz Josef, it was an amazing stay. My room was on the upper floor close to the Canopy Restaurant, very handy, and the second I walked in my breath was taken away by the view from the balcony, a beautiful rain forest scene, I think I sat there for a good hour just appreciating the view and song of the birds.
That night I ate at the Canopy Restaurant and I can attest to the fact that the food here is worth every last penny you pay, it is so flavoursome and a real experience in itself. My first night I partook in tea smoked scallops, mains of merino with a lovely jus and in between they cleansed my palette with a most gorgeous lavender granita. The second night I enjoyed a fantastic mushroom vegetarian dish and chocolate fondant.
A wonderful venue with great staff and services. Would happily return here to stay when in NZ next.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Te Waonui Forest Retreat Hotel Franz Josef