Te Waonui Forest Retreat

West Coast, New Zealand

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Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Nestled within the heart of New Zealand’s ancient rainforests, the Te Waonui Forest Retreat offers an unparalleled sanctuary where luxury and nature converge. This exquisite retreat, located in the pristine wilderness of the West Coast, promises guests a unique blend of comfort and serenity, set against the backdrop of towering mountains and lush vegetation. Designed with discerning travellers in mind, Te Waonui Forest Retreat is more than just a place to stay—it’s a journey into the heart of New Zealand's natural beauty. From the soothing sounds of the forest that greet you upon arrival to the meticulously designed bures, the retreat is a testament to sustainable luxury living. Read More...

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About Te Waonui Forest Retreat

The Te Waonui Forest Retreat is situated in the majestic West Coast region of New Zealand, a location that not only promises breathtaking natural beauty but also easy accessibility to some of the country’s most iconic natural attractions. Set amidst lush rainforests and bordered by the dramatic landscapes of the Southern Alps, the retreat is just a stone’s throw from the renowned Franz Josef Glacier, providing a perfect base for exploration and adventure. Reaching Te Waonui Forest Retreat is a journey through some of New Zealand’s most scenic landscapes, with options ranging from scenic drives that meander through the heart of the South Island’s stunning wilderness areas to convenient regional flights into nearby airports, followed by a short drive to the retreat.

This exclusive retreat is designed for those who seek to immerse themselves in the splendor of the natural world without foregoing the comforts and conveniences of modern luxury accommodation. Guests wake up to the sounds of native birds, explore the lush foliage right at their doorstep, and end their day with a sunset that paints the sky above the Southern Alps. With a limited number of guest bures, the Te Waonui Forest Retreat ensures a personalised and exclusive stay. Each accommodation option provides privacy, comfort, and direct access to stunning views of the Pacific Ocean or the dense, green landscape that surrounds the property.

The retreat offers luxurious accommodations, all while harmonizing with the surrounding natural landscape. Each villa has been thoughtfully designed to ensure privacy, tranquility, and a seamless indoor-outdoor living experience. The retreat’s villas feature luxurious king beds and spacious ensuites equipped with showers, vanity mirrors and eco-friendly toiletries. These accommodations offer guests a serene retreat, with fine linens, modern amenities, and large windows that frame the lush, green vistas of the forest.

Dining at Te Waonui Forest Retreat

At the Te Waonui Forest Retreat, dining is a journey through the rich culinary landscape of New Zealand, infused with touches of international flair. The retreat’s Canopy Restaurant prides itself on serving dishes that are as delightful to the palate as they are respectful of the earth. Breakfasts start with a continental spread that includes local fruits and artisanal bread, while lunch and dinner transform into an exquisite three-course and four-course affair, respectively. For those who prefer a more personalised dining experience, the a la carte menu offers flexibility alongside culinary excellence. Guests can enjoy their meals in the beautifully appointed dining room or opt for an al fresco setting where the lush landscape and the melodious sounds of nature complement the flavors on their plate.

Activities and Experiences at The West Coast

At the Te Waonui Forest Retreat, guests can partake in an array of activities and experiences that highlight the region’s spectacular natural beauty and adventure opportunities. The retreat’s proximity to the renowned Franz Josef Glacier provides guests with unique opportunities to explore one of the world’s most accessible ice glaciers. Embark on guided hikes that take you along the glacier’s path, offering insights into its history and geology. For an unforgettable experience, heli-tours lift guests high above the ice, landing on the glacier for a once-in-a-lifetime walk among the crevasses and ice formations, all under the guidance of experienced mountaineers. Then, day tours of the West Coast reveal the diverse landscapes and rich history of the region. Discover rainforests, coastal cliffs, and remote beaches, each with their own story. Tours can take you to scenic spots like the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes at Punakaiki or on a journey through history in old gold mining towns. The West Coast is known for its dramatic landscapes and these tours showcase the best of its natural wonders. For the adrenaline seekers, the West Coast’s rivers and mountains offer thrilling adventure sports. From white-water rafting on the wild rivers to skydiving over the dramatic landscapes, there’s no shortage of heart-pumping activities. The retreat’s staff can assist in organizing these excursions, ensuring guests have safe and exhilarating experiences.

Within and around Te Waonui Forest Retreat, guests can engage in a variety of activities that celebrate the natural environment. Nature walks through the surrounding rainforest allow guests to connect with the local flora and fauna, guided by knowledgeable staff who can point out native plants and birdlife. The retreat also organizes conservation activities, offering guests the chance to contribute to the preservation of the region’s natural heritage. The retreat offers more than just natural beauty; it’s a gateway to cultural immersion and recreational activities. Learn about Maori culture and traditions through organized visits to local communities. For those looking to relax on-site, the retreat provides leisure options such as yoga sessions amidst the tranquil forest setting, promoting wellness and relaxation.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat truly offers a comprehensive New Zealand experience, from serene walks through ancient forests and cultural encounters to the thrill of glacier hikes and adventure sports. Each activity and experience is designed to deepen guests’ connection to the stunning natural environment and rich cultural fabric of the West Coast, ensuring a stay filled with memorable moments. For more ideas, feel free to mosey by our New Zealand travel blogs.

Amaia Spa at Te Waonui Forest Retreat

The Amaia spa takes inspiration from the pristine natural setting of the West Coast rainforest, utilizing organic and locally sourced ingredients in a range of treatments. From rejuvenating facials that utilize the potent antioxidants of native plants to relaxing massages that incorporate traditional Maori techniques, each treatment is crafted to nurture and revitalise. The Te Waonui also offers personalised ‘wellness journeys’; these tailored experiences might include a combination of spa treatments, yoga sessions amidst the forest, and meditation practices designed to align and invigorate.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat: New Zealand Holidays

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Facilities of Te Waonui Forest Retreat

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  • Massage

Hotel Facilities

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry Service
  • Spa Pool and/or Sauna
  • Tesla Charging Station
  • Tour Desk
  • Wi-fi Internet Access

Room Facilities

  • Balcony / Verandah
  • Bath Robes and/or Slippers
  • Hairdryer
  • Handicap Facilities
  • Heating
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Mini Bar
  • Private Facilities
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone
  • TV
  • Wifi Internet

Resort Type

  • Child Friendly
  • Children Stay FREE
  • FREE Breakfast daily

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