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Te Waonui Forest Retreat - Eco Luxe

Nestled amidst one of the most pristine environments on the planet, Te Waonui Forest Retreat’s commitment to the environment is exemplary and this is marked by the lodge’s Qualmark Enviro Gold status.

Proudly New Zealand owned and operated, Te Waonui Forest Retreat offers luxury, lodge style accommodation in the heart of Glacier Country and presents guests with a unique and exceptional nature based experience.

Franz Josef region is home to some of the rarest flora and fauna on the planet including the critically endangered Rowi kiwi. Te Waonui contributes in a meaningful way to supporting local conservation and environmental initiatives that are critical to retaining this unspoilt wilderness. These include:

  • Site Ecology: Te Waonui protects and preserves specimen and native trees with a planting programme and in a sympathetic design that is in harmony with the forest.
  • Passive Design: Te Waonui’s design reflects the forest canopy with shuttering, ventilation design and natural sun protection. Within this significant energy efficiencies are achieved. Sophisticated window and fan design provides a natural air environment.
  • Materials: Te Waonui was crafted from sustainable and recycled timbers with a mandate to minimise high energy content materials and reduce the carbon footprint associated with the creation of Te Waonui.
  • Punga Relocation: Te Waonui supports the annual punga planting day.
  • Water and Energy saving initiatives are implemented throughout the retreat.
  • Conservation: Te Waonui is a dedicated support of the ‘kiwis for kiwis’ programme and is committed to saving the Rowi kiwi.

Rowi are New Zealand’s rarest kiwi, with only 400 remaining. They are managed intensively by the Department of Conservation at the Rowi kiwi sanctuary on the West Coast at Okarito, only 10km from Franz Josef. BNZ Operation Nest Egg is used to ensure that as many chicks as possible survive – and it’s working! The population is growing from its record low of about 150-200 birds in the 90’s, but with so few birds, they remain very vulnerable.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat actively supports the Rowi project by donating funds to Kiwis for Kiwi, a national charity that raises funds for Kiwi conservation projects across New Zealand. Thanks to the hard work of thousands of caring New Zealanders, the Kiwi’s future looks bright. We are slowing the decline, and where we are actively managing Kiwi (like the Rowi), their numbers are increasing.

For more information about Rowi, the work to protect Kiwi, and other ways you can support, please visit

Te Waonui is a peaceful haven that effortlessly brings nature and luxury together in harmony. Guests to Te Waonui will not only enjoy an exceptional and authentically Kiwi hospitality experience but also make a difference by simply staying the night.


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