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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
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Thank Adam C
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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

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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
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Thank Tanja F
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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

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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
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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

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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
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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

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Reviewed 14 September 2016

Came here for my birthday & to escape the hustle & bustle. Loved it. Staff were amazing. Right from when we arrived - hot towels, cold drink, porter & car valet. Room was gorgeous (room 1119), 5 X course degustation - delicious.
But most of all, the teams who work there are very sensitive to guests' every need, & they couldn't have been more genial & helpful. Had a facial & was fantastic.
Coming from a big city to this peaceful haven - priceless. Can't recommend enough!

Room Tip: Some rooms have internal hallway so probably a little quieter than outside rooms?
  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest Retreat, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2016

Dear Sashon

Thank you for spending this special time with us at Te Waonui Forest Retreat. We are especially pleased that you felt rejuvenated after your time in our magical rainforest.

Yours sincerely

Richard

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