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.
Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 9 more sites!
Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Ranked #3 of 13 Hotels in Franz Josef
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Excellent customer service from the the second we arrived to the second we left.
Stayed here for two nights and could not have been happier.
Whilst this is a large complex each room looks out onto native forest giving an impression of being a secluded area.
Restaurant and bar food were of a high standard.
Close to the Glacier and Glacier hot pools.
Would highly recommended

  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Mcleans56
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2016

Dear McLean56

We value this feedback as a team. Thank you for your posting.

Yours sincerely

Richard

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (691)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

154 - 158 of 691 reviews

Reviewed 8 October 2016

I planned a 16 day, 6 destination trip around NZ and really struggled with finding a place on the West Coast, but this was a huge relief and surprise for the upside when we arrived. The design is somewhat Scandinavian, with lots of light wood, but beautifully put together. The room was large and had a balcony overlooking the lush trees and the bathroom was a good size, clean and with a lovely heated floor. We did the five course degustation meal and it was amazingly good. Could have held its own among top restaurants in big cities. Breakfasts were also fantastic and the staff was so warm and welcoming. As we were checking out they even cleaned the windows on our rental car and stood at the door to wave us off. Couldn't have asked for more.

  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled with family
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Adam C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2016

Dear Adam

We appreciate your feedback. Especially pleasing to read your high rating of all meals, your room standard and some of our finer touches at Te Waonui Forest Retreat.

Yours sincerely

Richard

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 October 2016

My husband and I stayed here for 2 days during our honeymoon in NZ and had a great time. September is their slow season and it was very quiet. The restaurant was great and we enjoyed the 4/5 course dinner. The room was great and made you feel like you were in the middle of some secluded island in the rain forest. Funny enough the glacier was right around the corner from there.

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Review collected in partnership with Scenic Hotel Group
Thank Tanja F
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2016

Dear Tanja

Thank you for choosing to stay with us over this special time. We also appreciate your special mention of the level of comfort in our bedrooms coupled with a great dining experience.

Yours sincerely

Richard

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Wow, what a hotel! The Te Waonui Forest Retreat is set amongst a rainforest surrounding and is just fantastic. The rooms are well set out and the beds super comfortable. I found the staff very helpful which made our stay there all that more enjoyable. A short walk into town finds the basics of a tourist location. I would suggest if you are planning to stay at Franz Joseph that you should give this hotel serious consideration.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled with friends
Thank Gary H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2016

Dear Gary

Thank you for visiting as well as for your kind recommendation of Te Waonui Forest Retreat's location, staff and bedrooms.

Yours sincerely

Richard

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Absolutely loved our stay here. We were warmly greeted by staff and escorted to our beautiful room.
Beautiful rainforest views from our balcony, big bathroom and very comfortable bed.
The retreat is close to everything in town so we had no issues finding somewhere for dinner the first night and we enjoy a beautiful degustation menu at the Retreat restaurant on our second night.
Food was beautiful, had 1 dinner and breakfast there both days.
The staff were attentive, friendly and always willing to give advice on things to do in the area.
Danielle in the restaurant was brilliant!
Would not hesitate in coming back or recommending to anyone else.

Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Shakira M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2016

Dear Shakira

Pleased that your overall stay with us at Te Waonui was such a positive one. Thanks as well for your special mention of Danielle one of our restaurant super-stars!

Yours sincerely

Richard

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Franz Josef
0.1 km away
Rainforest Retreat
Rainforest Retreat
#7 of 13 in Franz Josef
1,425 reviews
0.3 km away
Aspen Court Franz Josef
Aspen Court Franz Josef
#1 of 13 in Franz Josef
1,249 reviews
0.1 km away
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier Hotel
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
3.4 km away
Franz Josef Oasis
Franz Josef Oasis
#2 of 13 in Franz Josef
385 reviews
39.3 km away
The Hermitage Hotel
The Hermitage Hotel
#2 of 2 in Mt. Cook Village
2,034 reviews
0.3 km away
10 Cottages
10 Cottages
#8 of 13 in Franz Josef
271 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Te Waonui Forest Retreat? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Address: 3 Wallace Street, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > West Coast Region > Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) > Franz Josef
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Franz Josef
#1 Romantic Hotel in Franz Josef
#2 Luxury Hotel in Franz Josef
Price Range: €440 - €607 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Te Waonui Forest Retreat 5*
Number of rooms: 100
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Ebookers, Agoda, Hotels.com, 5viajes2012 S.L., LateRooms and HotelQuickly so you can book your Te Waonui Forest Retreat reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Te Waonui Forest Retreat Hotel 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