We arrived after a tiring trip to a lovely welcome by Richard the General Manager and his very friendly, helpful staff. We were offered a refreshing drink and warm hand towel, before we were shown to our rooms and the facilities explained to us, which was a very nice touch.
We had our three teenage children with us and they were extremely happy with the luxurious rooms, not to mention the wi-fi arrangement which they put to good use. They found it a relaxing place to be and enjoyed feeling we were in a special place.
After the substantial breakfast offered we had an invigorating day walking the glacier, enjoying the town of Franz Joseph and the Glacier Hot Pools before having dinner together in the dining room. We enjoyed the food and service (both breakfast and dinner) and it was great to be able to retire to watch a family movie together in our room. Two nights went by very quickly.
Overall we rated this a wonderful, memorable experience and highly recommend Te Waonui as a special destination with fantastic facilities. It totally lived up to our expectations of a luxury retreat.
- 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