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 8, 2015
      by (12 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 12

      A travel blog entry by dawnet on Dec 17, 2014

      We set off at a leisurely time today which was fab. First stop was Hokitika, the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast. We stopped and saw a Greenstone (Jade) jewellery demonstration by a local carver. I had a good walk around the town, which all seem to be so quaint. When we left Hokitika we headed to a tree top walk through the canopy of …

      Southern Alps to Franz Josef

      A travel blog entry by freundlytravels on Oct 07, 2014

      17 photos

      Today we traveled from Christchurch to Franz Josef via the Tranz-Alpine Railroad. Since we got to Christchurch late, we didn't get to see much of the devastation from a series of recent earthquakes. The hotel is in the center of the city and one of the few buildings standing and undamaged. We knew the area is on geographic plates but did not know …

      Franz Josef

      A travel blog entry by amy.beith on Feb 02, 2014

      2 photos

      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 …

      Off to Glacier country

      A travel blog entry by stevecherylmoss on Jan 05, 2015

      3 photos

      ... I will share it with you, as the river runs down from the glaciers it pounds rock into particles as fine as flour. The particles are then held in suspension by the river and the sunlight reflects on the particles to give that bluey green colour. This is why you only find that colour water near glaciers. I was impressed !! And I thought they just put dye in it to make it look pretty !! Silly me !! Lol Stamp and shuffle and ...

      Day 57 - Crampons and Ice Luges

      A travel blog entry by dougndev on Dec 14, 2014

      1 comment, 4 photos

      ... both your shoulders were squeezing through on either side. Me and Dev both licked the walls where the water was trickling down; odd but good! Before coming down, we filled our bottles with glacier melt water. Best water you'll ever drink. We got the helicopter back down to town and said goodbye to the glacier. Sadly the ice is retreating at an alarming rate, and it's very possible it could be ...