Fodor's Expert Review Te Waonui Forest Retreat

3 Wallace St., Franz Josef, West Coast, 7886, New Zealand

Here you'll feel enfolded not only in luxury but also the rain forest, as the hotel has been built to fit in and not intrude on the trees–-from concrete jungle to real jungle, as their mantra states. Enjoy the possum fur pillows, underfloor heating in the bathrooms, and decor designed around the local environment (glacial white foyer, dark rain-forest bar, and even glowworms on the ceiling). Two-night stays are encouraged—not only to give more chance of fine weather for glacier trips, but also to sample both the à la carte menu and five-course degustation dinner (there are no room-only rates here, as the stunning food is part of the experience). Amaia Day Spa offers a full range of treatments and therapies in the hotel, while guests are encouraged to wear their luxury bath robes down the rain-forest path for a soak in the adjacent Glacier Hot Pools.


  • quiet
  • rain-forest surrounds
  • walking distance to village and spa


  • subdued guest room lighting for ambience makes reading difficult
  • no room-only rate


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Phones: 03-752–0555


100 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed May–Aug., Some meals

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