Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Address: 3 Wallace Street, off State Highway 6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park, South Island, 7856, New Zealand | 5 star hotel
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This 5 star hotel, located on 3 Wallace Street, off State Highway 6, Franz Josef, is near Franz Josef Glacier.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsTe Waonui Forest Retreat Franz Josef

    Reviewed by carmarmax

    Forest Retreat in an Icy Town

    Reviewed Jan 9, 2015
    by (17 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

    A wonderful retreat tucked away in the quiet town of Franz Josef, Te Waonui is a luxurious (*$$) way to unwind after a day on the glaciers. The hotel has free wifi (coupons) and discounts to the hot pools as well as a spa. I recommend sitting for dinner here as it's one of the best restaurants in town or enjoying a drink in the lounge by the fire. Very close walk to the main strip to cafes and all glacier activities.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Reviewed by preets05

    Good but expensive

    Reviewed Sep 9, 2011
    by (3 reviews) India , Singapore Flag of Singapore

    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 :)

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Te Waonui Forest Retreat Franz Josef

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

    Travel Blogs from Franz Josef

    Day 3: Ross to Franz Josef

    A travel blog entry by carmarmax on Jan 08, 2015

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    Day Three: Shuttle to Ross, ride 106 km (65.9 mi) to Franz Josef OR 75.8 km (46.9 miles) with shuttle over Mt. Hercules from lunch. Everyday everyone wore their own bike shirts as advertisements for how much experience they had biking in different cities and countries. Day three into the trip and we decided there was no better time than the present …

    Day 4: Layover in Franz Josef

    A travel blog entry by carmarmax on Jan 09, 2015

    104 photos

    Today is the greatest day ever! We don't have to bike! 24 full hours saddle free. We still had to keep to our early alarm clock as breakfast was at 7am. We crawled upstairs, enjoyed some eggs and fresh fruit before slipping back into bed with our furry possum pillows.

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    Day 12

    A travel blog entry by dawnet on Dec 17, 2014

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    Frustration, disappointment and amazement

    A travel blog entry by milskii on Jan 20, 2015

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