Te Waonui is a hotel built and run with green credentials in a wonderful location. The rooms are generous and of very high standard, with the whole buiding set hard against the rainforest. The staff are very pleasant and much better trained than in most of the hotels we stayed in. The dinner on the first night was excellent, the meal the second evening not quite as good. As was usually the case in NZ the cooked breakfast was far from hot, although the choice of fruit etc was excellent.
Overall, however, we had a very enjoyable stay - enhanced by seeing juvenile kiwis that were about to be released into the wild - not your everyday hotel experience!
The hotel is an upmarket option if you wish to visit the Franz Josef Glacier (highly recommended) or do any of the walks in the area. We would be very happy to stay there again if we ever get the opportunity.
- 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