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A Hidden Escape in a Busy World

 

Now more than ever, it is hard to keep a secret.  Facebook, Instagram, Google... sharing information is a way of life and special hidden destinations don't stay hidden for long.  

Luckily for us there are still a few gems nestled among the noise…  like the stunning five star Te Waonui Forest Retreat, that sits amidst our native forest in the depths of the untamed West Coast, that is waiting to help rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. 

You will find special, unique moments throughout the retreat, like taking a walk in the surrounding forest, searching for the elusive native kiwi who make their home amongst the dense vegetation, or treating your senses to a unique degustation dinner looking over the treetops at the Canopy Restaurant, using local flavours, produce and native herbs.  

Named in conjunction with local Maori iwi (community), Te Waonui takes its name from Te Reo Maori, eluding to “The Great Forest”, and sits beneath one of New Zealand’s greatest natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier.  Just a few minutes’ drive from the retreat door, the 12km long glacier is one of the few in the world to end amidst lush rainforest just 300 meters above sea level.  Plus, just a little farther afield, you will discover the pristine waters of Lake Matheson and the Okarito Lagoon, both of which offer incredible alpine views and bountiful native flora and fauna.

Te Waonui also offers guests a rare opportunity to take time for themselves in this busy world, to reinvigorate the body and mind with the Amaia Spa located on site.  The treatments menu ranges from massage and spa therapy to more traditional finishing touches, to ensure that guests leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

The journey to Te Waonui is part of the experience, giving the feel that it really is hidden away from the masses.  You could enjoy a scenic drive from Queenstown or Christchurch, a scenic train journey on the Tranzalpine or perhaps a birds eye view of the dramatic landscape in a helicopter… whichever option you choose and however you get there, Te Waonui Forest Retreat, is a hidden gem that will leave a shine on your memories.


 

 
 
 
 

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