Te Waonui Forest Retreat

A5 Star rated Qualmark hotel, Te Waonui Forest Retreat is a wonderful luxury hotel in Franz Josef, with easy access to the mountains, glaciers, rivers, lakes, coastline, and native flora and fauna that lie at the doorstep for visitors to explore.

Accommodation is in four separate wings, all linked by a covered walkway. The guest rooms are luxurious and spacious with excellent amenities, including high speed internet access, plush wool and down duvets and even a personal pillow menu!

Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be enjoyed In ‘The Canopy’ restaurant, where an open fire, and subtle rainforest theming adds to the warmth and ambience of the space, and for a wonderful dining experience, guests can enjoy an indulgent five course degustation meal, sitting out amongst the trees accompanied by birdsong.

The rustic, chic, timber building blends beautifully into the natural setting of native bush in Franz Josef, and there’s a strong environmental policy in place which you can read more about here.

What our travellers love about staying here…

  • Relaxing in the Amaia luxury spa and enjoying a massage
  • The location – even though your in the middle of the village, and the base of the glacier is right outside the front door,  the retreat is perfectly secluded and private
  • The way the retreat melds into the natural landscape so perfectly due to the clever use of stone, wood and other natural material to build the hotel.
  • The service – a perfect blend of professionalism, warmth and friendliness.