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Te Waonui Forest RetreatTe Waonui Forest Retreat

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Te Waonui Forest Retreat offers an exclusive luxury hotel experience on New Zealand's beautiful West Coast. Located in Franz Josef, our luxurious ecodesigned Te Waonui Forest Retreat provides outstanding accommodation and hospitality to discerning guests.

3 Wallace Street
Franz Josef Glacier 7886
+64 3 752 0555
+64 3 752 0550



Nestled amongst native rainforest in the untamed West Coast of New Zealand, the Te Waonui Forest Retreat is the ideal place to reconnect with nature and the dramatic surroundings. 

A 5 star retreat, we have designed Te Waonui to offer an unparalleled example of sustainable accommodation. Our four wings join together to enclose an area of native rainforest that was carefully preserved during construction, and is so dense that guests can’t see the opposite wing, ensuring a sense of privacy. 

Our specially personalised 24 hour reception area & concierge service and array of in-room features and facilities give our guests choice and a feeling of total relaxation, while the aptly named Canopy Restaurant serving 5 course dégustation and a la carte options ensure that the dining experience will be one to remember.

A truly innovative retreat, Te Waonui Forest Retreat raises the bar for unique luxury accommodation in New Zealand.


Te Waonui Lux Award Logo

Retreat Facilities

Welcoming Reception

Situated on the ground floor of the main public building, directly inside from the covered vehicle unloading bay, is the 24-hour hotel reception. Guests are greeted and farewelled by our friendly attentive front office team ensuring they feel secure and cared for during their stay. Within this facility you will find twin check-in desks for independent travellers, a designated tour check-in area, local activity desk, comfortable seating area and elevator access to the restaurant and first floor guest rooms.

Other guest services are on offer to enhance our guests’ experience. These include, but are not limited to:

​The Canopy Restaurant

Café and Bar

Amaia Luxury Spa​

Outdoor Pizza Oven

24-hour Reception

24-hour Room Service

2 guest laundries

Ice Machine

FREE WiFi throughout hotel

Complimentary valet guest parking

Tesla Charging Station

Concierge service


Local activity desk

Designated tour group booking area

Twin check-in desks for independent travellers

Express Check-in/Check-out available

>View Room Facilities

National Geographic HoneyTrek Ultimate Journeys for Two

We've been featured in Ultimate Journeys for Two

Te Waonui Forest Retreat is privileged to have been featured in the National Geographic's new book 'Ulitimate Journeys for Two' by The World's Longest Honeymooners, Mike & Anne Howard @HoneyTrek.

Get a copy on or a signed copy here



Te Waonui is the only luxury property of its kind in the area. The retreat is nestled in the lush bush with views of the natural environment at almost every turn. Located in Franz Josef, the retreat offers easy access to the many natural wonders of the South West World Heritage Area. Mountains, glaciers, rivers, lakes, coastline, and native flora and fauna all lie in wait at the doorstep for visitors to admire and explore.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat welcomes you to experience this spectacular place with us. Come, take a deep breath, and simply unwind in this remarkable setting.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat
3 Wallace Street, off State Highway 6
Franz Josef Glacier
West Coast
New Zealand

If you are travelling to the West Coast and need to find out about road closures you can visit the Transit NZ website or call them on 0800 44 44 49



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