Te Waonui Forest Retreat
3 wallace st, 7856, New Zealand
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Hokitika, New Zealand (HKK)

Exclusive, luxurious and innovative, this retreat is encircled by the pristine wilderness of the South-West World Heritage Area, a short stroll to Franz Josef village. Spacious elegant guestrooms feature a private balcony or courtyard to soak in this unique rainforest setting, and the day spa and neighbouring glacier-fed thermal pools provide a wonderful indulgence. Guests can unwind by the warmth of the lounge bar’s open fire or outside on the covered terrace and savour local cuisine from the aptly named Canopy Restaurant.

Why we recommend Te Waonui Forest Retreat

  • Stunning rainforest surrounds
  • Gourmet in-house dining
  • Luxurious onsite day spa
  • Near glacier-fed thermal pools
  • Cosy lounge bar with open fire

Attractions near Te Waonui Forest Retreat


The natural wonder of the Franz Josef Glacier is truly a sight to behold and it’s right on your doorstep while staying at Te Waonui Forest Retreat. The frozen wave-like cascade is one of New Zealand’s most impressive attractions, and the beginnings of the track into some of the country’s most beautiful scenery is less than 10 minutes away.

For those looking for a different kind of view of the stunning surrounds, you can easily organise a helicopter ride, guided tour or eco rafting with the staff at reception.

Kicking back without a care

Relaxation takes on a whole new meaning at this luxury eco-friendly lodge. The experience begins with an exquisitely furnished room that includes the highest quality linen and even a pillow menu to ensure you’re stress-free from the moment you wake up. The beautiful natural surrounds offer a calm and tranquil setting on your way to the decadent onsite day spa.

The Glacier Hot Pools are less than 300 metres from your door. You can finish your indulgent day with a glass of local wine in Frond Lounge Bar or a five-course degustation at The Canopy Restaurant, all without having to leave the hotel.

Facilities - General

Laundry serviceWheel chair access in hotel
Balcony / terrace (some rooms)Laundry room
Swimming poolHealth club or gym

Facilities - Room

Minibar (some rooms)Air conditioning
Internet (wireless)Internet (cable)
Cable TVIron and ironing board
In room safeRoom service
TelephoneTea and coffee making facilities
Internet cable feeInternet (common wireless)

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