Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Location: West Coast & Abel Tasman National Park | New Zealand

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Thanks to its innovative sustainable ethos, Te Waonui Forest Retreat is the perfect combination of luxury accommodation and environmental awareness. The hotel’s sleek facade blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings: a misty temperate rainforest bordered by the Southern Alps.
Perfect forCouples and eco-lovers.
In the knowThe Franz Josef Glacier is one of the lowest-lying glaciers in the world, making it ideal for ice climbing and hiking.

Recommended for...

  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Walking & Trekking
  • Eco-tourism
  • Setting & Views

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Te Waonui Forest Retreat sits on New Zealand’s west caast, a short drive from Franz Josef Glacier.

Rooms at Te Waonui Forest Retreat

In order to minimise the hotel’s environmental impact, recycled local materials are used in the design of the rooms. Soft timber detailing, warm natural tones and organic cotton linens channel the region’s character. Opt for a second-floor room for an exhilarating sleep in the treetops.

Food & drink

Enjoy a hearty cooked breakfast in the morning and an exquisite multi-course degustation menu in the evening in the Canopy restaurant, a delightful open space hidden amongst the trees.


In between outdoor adventures, enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation in the steaming glacial thermal pods.

Activities at Te Waouni Forest Retreat

The small town of Franz Josef is only a three-minute walk away, and features a charming pub and numerous restaurants. The hotel is located in the heart of the stunning south-west region, which is UNESCO World Heritage-listed area. Spend the day hiking around the nearby Franz Josef Glacier – this glacier is one of the lowest-lying glaciers in the world, making it ideal for ice climbing and hiking.

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Hotel location

Te Waonui Forest Retreat is approximately a 4.5-hour drive from Queenstown airport.

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