Te Waonui Forest Retreat
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5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Franz Josef

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Anniversary and Honeymoon Accommodation in Franz Josef

For couples who love to adventure together, nowhere is quite as enticing as Franz Josef on the West Coast. Skydiving, scenic flights over the mesmerising Southern Alps, glacier heli-hikes, stunning hikes, quad biking, horse trekking… It’s all here in this alpine and rainforest playground. But in between days of exploring Franz Josef’s enchanting glacier landscapes, where should you stay for a couples’ getaway, honeymoon or anniversary? There are a few special places we have in mind. Check them out in our list of the best romantic accommodation in Franz Josef!

While you’re here, get inspired for your visit with our list of 10 Things to Do in Franz Josef and The Honeymoon Guide to Franz Josef.

1. Franz Josef Oasis

A boutique hotel just a few minutes north of the Franz Josef township, Franz Josef Oasis is a fine choice of accommodation to celebrate a special occasion like a honeymoon or anniversary. All of the 20 superbly-appointed rooms are on the ground floor soaking up the views of the mountains, forest, farmland and hotel gardens. Rooms feature romantic extras like your own fireplace and spa baths, while some rooms have extra-long beds. And in the morning, wake up to a generous buffet breakfast of endless espresso coffee, fresh fruit, local cheese, ham and free-range eggs. An a la carte menu is also available on an evening to share a romantic meal. See more accommodation like this in our list of 5 Best Luxury Accommodation in Franz Josef.

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Franz Josef Oasis© Franz Josef Oasis

2. Te Waonui Forest Retreat

A five-star hotel nestled in the glorious rainforest, Te Waonui Forest Retreat is an utterly romantic accommodation in Franz Josef. The soundproofed rooms to the five-course degustation menu in their restaurant and just some of the features that set this accommodation apart from the rest. As for the rooms, enjoy unbelievably comfortable king beds with woollen underlays and plush down bedding, as well as walk-in showers (in most rooms) and a private balcony stretching out into the native rainforest. If all of that wasn’t enough, the complex also includes a luxury spa with a menu of rejuvenating couples’ treatments.

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Te Waonui Forest Retreat© Te Waonui Forest Retreat

3. Holly Homestead B&B

Perhaps you’ve stayed just about everywhere together and you’re looking for something a bit different? Set your sights on this rimu colonial homestead decorated in a “country chic” style and boasting Kiwi hospitality. The adult-only accommodation sets the tone right in peaceful surroundings just 1.5km (0.9 miles) from Franz Josef township. The B&B offers king and queen rooms, as well as a Deluxe Super-King room for that extra bit of flair. All rooms are kitted out with quality linen, bathrobes and slippers, while the ensuites have luxurious extras like heated towel rails and demister mirrors.

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Holly Homestead B&B© Holly Homestead B&B

4. Aspen Court Franz Josef

A motel might not evoke the most romantic of images, but Aspen Court Franz Josef is a little different. The modern five-star motel is nestled in the forest offers high-quality units and studios, the most luxurious of which is the Executive Spa Studio. Each room has all the necessities you need for a romantic night in including a kitchen, dining and lounge area, a TV and some ensuites have a spa bath. Plus, there’s free WiFi, free milk on arrival and a continental breakfast is available.

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Aspen Court Franz Josef© Aspen Court Franz Josef

5. Rainforest Retreat

Last but certainly not least, those couples travelling on a budget will find a great selection of accommodation at the Rainforest Retreat. Not only is the rainforest setting romantic, but there are some quality rooms available that you just won’t want to leave, like the cosy Tree Hut log cabin among the forest canopy or a more affordable unit in the Gecko Village. Campervan parks, holiday houses and “flashpacker” accommodation is also available. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Franz Josef.

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Rainforest Retreat© Rainforest Retreat


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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