Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef

Nestled in the lush bush with views of the natural environment at almost every turn, the four and a half star Te Waonui Forest Retreat has been designed with utmost care of its precious environment and guests enjoy sustainable luxury. Furniture and fittings incorporate natural wool carpets, organic cotton bedspreads and even possum skin cushioning, in-keeping with the character of the region.

The hotel offers hundred rooms in four wings, all linked by covered walkways. The rooms overlook the courtyard or native bush and most have large walk-in showers, but many also feature baths either with a separate shower or combined.

At the appropriately named Canopy Restaurant guests enjoy dining among the trees while savouring quality local cuisine, including an indulgent five-course degustation dinner created from the freshest West Coast and South Island produce. The Frond Lounge Bar’s inviting seating occupies the attractive bar area that features subtle rainforest theme and transforms into a cafe during the day. An open fire and outside covered terrace enhance this area, perfect for lazy lunches or unwinding in the evening.

  • It has been wonderful to discover that there remain places like this in the world, where one can find peace amid wild nature. This has been the highlight of our stay in Colombia and we look forward to telling our friends about it.

    ZA, Colombia, 2014