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Te Waonui Forest Retreat

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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.
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Free parking
Room service
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Banquet Room
Business Centre with Internet Access
Dry Cleaning
Laundry Service
Meeting rooms
Multilingual Staff
Non-smoking hotel
Public Wifi
Wheelchair Access
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Refrigerator in room
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Non-smoking rooms
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The rooms are very comfortable with nice views into the rain forest, and the location is great for visiting the glacier. It is one of the best hotels in town and everyone was very nice. However, it needs some additional effort and staff training. Why was the limited
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Stayed one night on our way from Greymouth to Queenstown. We had a deluxe king room, which was nice and large. The shower was powerful and the bathroom had good amenities. Staff were all very friendly. Nice dinner in the restaurant. Fabulous views out onto tree tops. Great
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My wife and I stayed here for part of our honeymoon through New Zealand and we were not disappointed. The staff and food were the highlights of this hotel. Staff would do absolutely anything you as for and were incredibly helpful. Do not miss dinner here. We went into town
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Response from Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Ryan Thank you for spending your special time at Te Waonui ! Pleased that you enjoyed some of our finer touches as well :-) Yours sincerely Richard
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We had just an overnight stay here. The setting is magical with lovely forest views, it really feels that the hotel is totally isolated yet it is near the village centre ! The interior is modern & attractive & our room was very comfortable. Staff were friendly & helpful. The
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Response from Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Sedateskier Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your time with us. Yours sincerely Richard
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This place is beautiful and has the most attentive, personable service imaginable. We enjoyed such a wonderful stay here. The rooms are beautiful and comfortable, the bathrooms luxurious and spotless. The restaurant has an incredible set menu with excellent service in a lovely
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Response from Richard B, General Manager at Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Larmc5 Thank you, it's comments like yours that get the TW Team here out of bed in the morning. Yours sincerely Richard
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This is the view from our room to our outside private patio.
Hidden forest
Rain forest in middle of hotel
Best to check with the property directly.
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No idea, contact them direct?
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It looked pretty empty during breakfast so perhaps reservations are not necessary.
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Is the degustation worth it do you get wines ? Seems like about $150 pp
Dear Tigers4Me Our normal Five Course Degustation price is $130 which excludes wines/course. Yours sincerely Richard
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Are there any special menus or activities on Christmas?
Dear Out-of-SF Apologies for my belated response. Yes, we will be offering a traditional Christmas dinner on 25 December 2015. Please discuss with me your preferred activities during your time with us and I would be more than happy to assist with a personalised itinerary over this period, Yours sincerely Richard
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US$535 - US$710 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
te waonui forest retreat hotel franz josef
New ZealandSouth IslandWest Coast RegionWestland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)Franz Josef
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