Te Waonui Forest Retreat
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Today we were supposed to take a scenic helicopter flight up to the glacier and then hike in it for 2 hours but unfortunately it was too cloudy so we couldn't. It was actually kinda mean they got us all ready brought us to the helicopters then told us we couldn't go. I asked if it was a joke they said no. I'm not sure why they didn't tell us before …
Absolutely spectacular journey from Abel Tasman to here. First a boat journey down the coast back to Kaiteriteri and then a long (500 km) but beautiful journey across the mountains via the Upper and Lower Buller River Gorge to Westport and then down the west coast to Greymouth, Hokitika and the inland to Franz Josef. Wonderful views of mountains …
Today we awoke full of anticipation and excitement as we were really looking forward to our booked HeliHike excursion to Franz Josef. This trip included a flight in a helicopter over the glacier and 2 hours on the ice.
Unfortunately (after a lovely early breakfast) we arrived at the Glacier guides office to find that all helicopter rides had …
Ooops we left slightly later today than planned from Waneka. We spoke to Lauren on Skype and tried Vix and Ants but failed miserably.
I also found (early in the morning) we had a washer / drying machine in our suite. Unlike previous washing machines we have used this was a super deluxe model and took an hour to wash and then automatically …
We decided to move on from Queenstown (although we loved it there) in order to try and keep vaguely to schedule. Already our allotted time on the South Island seems to be running out and there is lots more to see! We took the road west for about 55 Km up to Glenorchy (LOTR territory) with a view to some walking and a night stay here. The drive was equally if not more spectacular than the previous day and as my superlative supply is now running dry I shall say no ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsTe Waonui Forest Retreat Franz Josef
the most expensive hotel in our NZ trip.. facilities were nice..so was the 7 course dinner.. I think the best part was access to hot water spring located adjacent to Te Waonui.. Would recommend finding a cheaper option if on a mid- budget range..since most of the day is spent exploring the beautiful Franz Joseph :)
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