Nestled among pristine native rainforest, Te Waonui Forest Retreat is a five-star Franz Josef hotel offering luxury eco accommodation and fine dining in the heart of Franz Josef Waiau


Te Waonui Forest Retreat is your sanctuary at the end of an adventurous day in Glacier Country. Located in the small South Island West Coast town of Franz Josef Waiau, the retreat has been designed with sustainability and a connection to nature in mind. Each wing embraces a carefully preserved pocket of dense native rainforest, offering privacy and stunning views from every luxuriously appointed guest room. Guest facilities include a lounge and bar, an onsite day spa, and The Canopy Restaurant, which offers an exceptional fine dining experience among the tree tops.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat lounge
Te Waonui Forest Retreat deluxe king
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What's Included

Daily breakfast is included with Walk into Luxury journeys

3Getting here
Location & Access

Te Waonui Forest Retreat is located in the small village of Franz Josef Waiau on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. The nearest regional airport is Hokitika, about an hour and 45 minutes by road north of Franz Josef, with flights available to and from Christchurch. Private transfers can be arranged by Walk into Luxury.

NZ South Island Map with Hokitika TA Rail
4Insider Advice
What You Need to Know
Best room

Deluxe King

Suitable For

Couples, solo travellers, private and corporate groups

Best Nearby Walk

Franz Josef Glacier Walk

Best Nearby Park

Westland Tai Poutini National Park

Best Food & Wine Experience

Dine among the treetops with a five-course degustation menu featuring local produce at The Canopy Restaurant

Best Place for Relaxation

Unwind post-adventure with a massage at Amaia Spa


Seasonal closure may apply during winter months

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