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Te Waonui Forest Retreat


A haven from the city rush, a foray into New Zealand’s pristine wilderness – Te Waonui Forest Retreat is truly a place to relax and refresh. All focus has been on creating a healthy, environmentally safe habitat to maximise guests’ wellbeing. With a natural, earthy ambience and attentive service, there’s no better place to take a deep breath and simply unwind.

Every aspect of the 5 star Qualmark rated Te Waonui Forest Retreat has been crafted to an impeccable standard. From deluxe soundproofing technology between rooms to the five-course degustation menu featuring local cuisine, every detail you can imagine has been thought out and developed. A truly innovative retreat, Te Waonui Forest Retreat raises the bar in unique luxury hotel accommodation in New Zealand.

Te Waonui is the only luxury property of its kind in the area. The retreat is nestled in the lush bush with views of the natural environment at almost every turn. Located in Franz Josef, the retreat offers easy access to the many natural wonders of the South West World Heritage Area. Mountains, glaciers, rivers, lakes, coastline, and native flora and fauna all lie in wait at the doorstep for visitors to admire and explore.

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Room Information

Just imagine waking up to the melodic call of native birdsong and opening your eyes to majestic mountains rising out of lush rainforest, all from the comfort of your luxuriously appointed room…

Guest rooms at the 5 star Qualmark rated Te Waonui Forest Retreat have been designed with both comfort and environmental preservation top of mind. Double glazing and best practice insulation vastly improve the energy efficiency of each room, as well as helping to create a quiet, warm cozy feel.

Rooms are a generous size ranging from 28 – 33sqm and are located in four separate accommodation wings; known as Kahikatea, Totara, Rimu and Matai, all linked by covered walkways. The hotel offers a choice of bedding and bathroom configurations with rooms comprising either Super King or two Queen Beds. Special attention has been given to guest bedding by adding soft woolen underlays and plush down and wool duvets for extra comfort. Most rooms have large walk-in showers, but many also feature baths either with a separate shower or combined.

Deluxe Hotel Room King
Luxuriously appointed guest room with one super king bed, generously proportioned and featuring the highest standard of room amenities, such as your own personal pillow menu, natural wool mattress underlay and high speed Internet access. This room caters for a maximum of 2 adults.

Deluxe Hotel Room Twin
Luxuriously appointed guest room with two queen beds, 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. The room caters for a maximum of 3 adults and a maximum of 1 child but cannot exceed 3 guests in total. 

Deluxe Hotel Room Disabled Access
Luxuriously appointed guest room with one super king and one single bed, 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. The room caters for a maximum of 3 adults and a maximum of 1 child but cannot exceed 3 guests in total.
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Things To Do

Te Waonui Forest Retreat is located right next to the Franz Josef Hot Pools and is surrounded by some of the most stunning natural landscapes on offer in New Zealand - which you can either admire as you unwind or explore in more active pursuits.

If you do feel like venturing out then here is a selection of what's on offer on the West Coast
  • Walking & trekking
  • Native bird watching    
  • Fishing
  • Jet boating
  • Horse trekking
  • Eco tours
  • Rafting
  • Quad bike tours
  • Off road driving adventures
  • Helicopter & light aircraft flights
  • Glacier hot pools
  • Nearby White Heron (Kotuku) colony
  • Hukawai Glacier Centre
  • Department of Conservation Visitor Centre

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Price Guide

$ = Up to $100
$$ = $100 to $199
$$$ = $200 to $349
$$$$ = $350 to $599
$$$$$ = $600 +


Price per person, per night.