A hidden gem
Hidden amongst lush West Coast rainforest, Te Waonui Forest Retreat is five star luxury at one with nature. Even before you step inside, enjoy the welcoming embrace of giant ferns and trees older than time, while you breathe in the oxygen-rich air.
Step into the eco-designed building and be greeted by warm and attentive staff who will attend to your every need. As you explore this wonderful rainforest retreat, delight in the lavish eco-friendly and sustainable comfort around every corner of this idyllic escape.
The décor incorporates a colour scheme complementary to the natural surrounds, including tasteful wood detailing, decadent wool carpeting and an abundance of natural light. Uniquely, the property was designed to encompass an area of preserved forest within the square formed by the four accommodation wings. The greenery is so dense you are ensured a sense of natural privacy.
Dining among the trees in the Canopy Restaurant & Bar, you will be blown away by the 5-course degustation menu.
Relaxing in your room, breathe a contented sigh as you slip between the eco-cotton sheets and rest your head on a pillow you’ve selected from the pillow menu. In this enchanting environment, you’ll find it impossible to resist treating yourself to a pampering treatment from the extensive menu at Amaia Luxury Spa.
Although the retreat feels like it is a world away from any distractions, Franz Josef offers are a-plenty. Whether it’s walking directions to local cafés, Waiho Hot Tubs or driving directions to the glacier, the obliging concierge can talk you through all that is on offer and help with any bookings you may wish to make.
Te Waonui Forest Retreat is a three-hour drive along State Highway 6 south of Greymouth, home of the TranzAlpine train.
- Canopy Restaurant & Bar
- Room Service (24hrs)
- Interconnecting Rooms (on request)
- Air Conditioning / Heating
- In Room Safe
- Electric kettle
- Pillow menu
- Alarm clock
- Private bathroom
- Complimentary toiletries
- Underfloor heating
- Heated mirrors
- Satellite channels
- Balcony / garden
- Iron and ironing board
- Free WiFi
- Express check-in / checkout
- Luggage porter
- Tourist information and booking services
- Day spa - Amaia Luxury Spa
- Guest laundry
- Ice Machine
- Wheelchair accessible
- Roll-in shower with bench, hand rails
- Free car parking
- Accessible car parks
- Electric car charging stations
- Valet parking
How to find Te Waonui Forest Retreat
3 Wallace Street, Franz Josef
West Coast Train
Travelling to the West Coast by train couldn't be easier or more beautiful than aboard the TranzAlpine.
Weaving through the peaks of the Southern Alps, the TranzAlpine Christchurch to Greymouth train ranks among the best scenic train journeys in the world.
From Greymouth, you can simply rent a car or campervan and explore Franz Josef and the West Coast at your leisure. Alternatively, you can book one of our short breaks or tours and let us take care of everything for you.
Getting to Te Waonui Forest Retreat
You can book the Te Waonui Forest Retreat and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of this spectacular hotel as part of our rail experiences:
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