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Te Waonui Forest Retreat

New Zealand's South Island, New Zealand


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Luxury Holidays At Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Nestled amongst beautiful West Coast rainforest and designed with the utmost consideration for the precious local environment, guests at Te Waonui Forest Retreat can look forward to a luxury retreat with sustainability at its heart. The hotel is the ultimate coming together of luxury escape and environmental awareness, with four hotel wings encircling the native forest, carefully preserved when the hotel was built, and so dense that guests can't see the opposite wing, providing a sense of peace and privacy that is truly something special. Close to the West Coast's best known natural attraction, the Franz Josef Glacier, this 5-Star retreat is a fantastic base for exploring the South West World Heritage Area and offers discerning travellers a unique and memorable experience surrounded by nature.

  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: A luxury eco-retreat with stunning rainforest surrounds
  • Feature: Enjoy fine dining amongst the treetops
  • Rooms: 95 deluxe guest rooms
  • Star rating: 5 Star
  • Nearest airport: Hokitika Airport
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Location and transfer

Approximately two hours from Hokitika Airport by private car transfer, three hours from Greymouth, and six hours from Christchurch.


Floor to ceiling windows in the deluxe guest rooms draw your eye to the lush, surrounding rainforest, a vista that can be enjoyed up close from the private balcony afforded to each room. Rooms are beautifully appointed with luxury bedding and calm colour palettes that echo the colours in the forest outside, promising a serene haven for guests. Free Wi-Fi and a TV introduce modern comforts and en suite bathrooms are fresh and modern with heated floors, a hairdryer and luxury toiletries.

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  • Size: 33 m²
  • Room View: Rainforest view
  • Facilities: Sink into a super king sized bed and enjoy luxury touches including a personal pillow menu and natural wool mattress. The en suite bathroom features either a separate shower and bath or shower over the bath, along with a heated floor, mirror demister, bathrobes, hair dryer and deluxe toiletries.
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  • Size: 33 m²
  • Room View: Rainforest view
  • Facilities: With space for up to three adults, two queen beds furnish this spacious room, which also offers a modern en suite bathroom with shower over bath or separate shower, as well as heated floor, mirror demister, bathrobes, hair dryer and luxury toiletries.
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  • Size: 33 m²
  • Room View: Rainforest view
  • Facilities: A luxurious accessible guest room with a super king bed and single bed, which can also be configured in an alternate layout as three single beds. The accessible en suite bathroom features a roll-in shower, shower seat and grab rails.

Choose from fine dining with treetop views or a relaxed meal in the hotel's lounge bar. The Canopy restaurant presents a carefully curated menu of the finest local cuisine, including a five course tasting menu for dinner, promising a meal to remember with a spectacular backdrop. A kids dinner menu is also available.

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Located in the small South Island West Coast town of Franz Josef Waiau, the hotel has been designed with sustainability and a connection to nature in mind. Soak up the serene rainforest surrounds before heading out to explore the local area, where the renowned Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers await, two of the most accessible glaciers in the world. A guided ice walk or heli-hike will get you up close to the spectacular icey landscape of the Franz Josef Glacier, an experience that is sure to take your breath away.

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Spa Breaks

Choose from a range of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments at Amaia Luxury Spa, where the tranquil forest surrounds add to the serene ambience. Luxurious body treatments, stimulating reflexology, rejuvenating facials, and specialist massages are all on offer here to help you on a journey of ultimate relaxation.


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