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The Flying Fox

Cabins & Cottages, Luxury Glamping

Matahiwi, Whanganui                    Listed By Jane & Kelly

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The Flying Fox provides a unique experience with eco-friendly accommodation on the banks of the Whanganui River.

With no road access visitors arrive via aerial cable car across the river or land on the bank from jet boat or canoe. Either way you will be guaranteed a warm welcome from husband and wife owners Jane and Kelly and invited to share their piece of paradise, nestled on the edge of the Whanganui National Park.

The site is mostly self-sufficient and has a large bank of solar panels, it's own water supply and composting toilets.

Situated in a sheltered river valley, on the site of an old Maori kainga (village), it enjoys a temperate climate suitable for growing an array of sub-tropical fruit.

If you chose to self-cater a small on-site shop has basic supplies for anything you may have forgotten to bring. Alternatively catering can be booked in advance (see extras below).

There is no cell phone reception or TV making this a place to slow the pace of life and an ideal retreat. Free Wi-Fi does enable you to keep in touch with the outside world should you need to. However this really is a place to relax, unwind and rejuvenate away from the pressures of the modern world.

Unique Experiences at The Flying Fox

  1. Visit the iconic Bridge to Nowhere via jet boat
  2. Experience the beauty of the Whanganui river from a canoe
  3. Walk the Atene Skyline track for breathtaking views.

Why You Will Love The Flying Fox

Starting your experience with a unique trip across the river in a cable car, this property allows visitors to experience one of the few remaining unspoit areas of New Zealand. Here you are taking a step into a simpler way of life and allowing yourself to be soothed by the natural environment.


Accommodation Types

Ruru Lodge

MIN GUESTS : 4 | MAX GUESTS: 7.
3 Bedrooms, 1 - 3 x Single Beds | 2 - 3 Queen Beds.
MINIMUM two nights booking

Ruru Lodge overlooks the river in a garden setting with native forest as its backdrop.

The house has three bedrooms. Of the two on the ground floor, the first contains a queen bed and a single bed, the second has the option of two singles or a king size bed. The third bedroom in the turret has a double bed and doors which open onto a roof terrace with expansive views over the river.

The house has a large lounge area, a fully equipped kitchen and covered decks where you can relax and eat. There is also a BBQ area and bush bath in the garden. The lounge has a log burner and the deck has roll down clear blinds and overhead infrared heaters so that you are comfortable in any weather. A private bathroom with shower and wash basin and a separate toilet come complete with a range of toiletries which are friendly both to your body and the environment.

Ruru Lodge is available for rent between December and April.


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$360.00 per night
(up to 4 guests)
$40.00 per additional guest


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The James K Cottage

MIN GUESTS : 2 | MAX GUESTS: 6.
1 x King bed (or 2 singles), 1 x Queen Bed, 2 x Single beds.

Reconstructed from its original life as a barn this cottage has recycled native totara floorboards and stunning beams.

The cottage was named in memory of New Zealand’s famous poet James K Baxter, who spent time in the small community in nearby Hiruhārama (Jerusalem) and the Ahuahu valley commune. It houses our collection of James K Baxter’s poetry and literature along with a collection of artifacts donated by the nuns from the convent at Hiruhārama for those who have an interest.

On the ground floor there is an open plan kitchen and lounge with comfy seating. The fully equipped kitchen with hob and oven mean self-catering is easy and the eclectic mix of CDs, LPs and books make relaxing a pleasure. The downstairs bedroom area is located up two steps from the lounge. Here you will find a queen size and a single bed. The second-story bedroom also has a king size bed which can split into two singles and an extra single bed. From this vantage point you can relax on the balcony and enjoy the stunning views across the river to the hills opposite.

A private bathroom with shower, wash basin and toilet comes complete with a range of toiletries which are friendly both to your body and the environment.

The porch and overhang keep this cottage cool in summer and the pot belly stove in the lounge makes it an ideal, cozy retreat for the cooler months.


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$240.00 per night
(up to 2 guests)
$40.00 per additional guest


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The Riverboat Cottage

MIN GUESTS : 2 | MAX GUESTS: 6.
1 x Queen, 1 x Bunk bed set (2 singles), 1 x Fold out Sofa.

The River Boat Cottage was originally designed for the previous owner as a place to brew manuka beer but the charm of its recycled brick floor and macrocarpa interior ensured it soon became in demand as guest accommodation.

A recent make-over has seen this cottage renamed to commemorate the river boats which used to travel the length of the Whanganui river providing a life-line to those living in the river valley and a transport link to the hinterland of the north island. Informative books, pictures and artifacts in the cottage tell the story for those who want to know more.

This cottage has a second story bedroom containing a queen size bed and has a small balcony overlooking the river. Downstairs there is a bunk room, making this ideal for a couple, small families or friends traveling together. The bathroom is accessed via an enclosed porch area which also houses a romantic wood-fired outdoor bath. The rear of the cottage has a covered deck with a view towards the citrus and avocado orchard and a backdrop of native bush clad hills.

The outdoor setting is completed with seating both at the front and back of the cottage and a wood fired BBQ. Indoors, a fully equipped kitchen with hob and oven mean self-catering is easy and the eclectic mix of CDs, LPs and books make relaxing a pleasure. A wood burner turns this cottage into a cozy haven for the cooler months.


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$240.00 per night
(up to 2 guests)
$40.00 per additional guest


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The Gypsy Cart

MAX GUESTS: 3.
1 x Queen Bed, and 1 x seating that can be converted into a King single.

This glamping accommodation consists of a quirky, hand built wooden cart which has a kitchenette at one end and a table with seating at the other.

Adjoining the cart is a partly covered wooden deck area which has a large tent forming the bedroom and (at the other end of the deck) a small bathroom with toilet, shower and hand basin.

The tent contains a double bed and the seating in the cart makes into a king single bed, making it possible to sleep three. The Gypsy Cart is set on the river bank with expansive views and is screened from the cottages by a stand of hazelnut trees, making for a secluded spot. The front of the tent opens up allowing you to lie in bed and watch the stars above the river whilst deer are often seen in the orchard to the rear!

The kitchenette is fully equipped and has a small two burner gas hob and grill. A barbecue on the covered deck adds to the cooking facilities and makes self-catering a dream.


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$120.00 per night
(up to 2 guests)
$20.00 per additional guest


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The Blackberry Patch

MAX GUESTS: 3.
1x Double bed, 1 x Single bed.

Located in a quiet sunny spot in the orchard, this glamping option is a cozy ‘pop top’ trailer which has been restored with new canvas and furnishings.

It has a small double bed, seating, a two burner hob and a single bed in the trailer tent. The addition of a covered deck outside gives an ample seating area where you can enjoy the sun setting over the hills or watch the deer under the avocado trees as you enjoy an evening barbecue. There is a private toilet and small bathroom with a shower and hand basin adjacent to the trailer.


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$90.00 per night
(up to 2 guests)



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Bellbird Corner

MAX GUESTS: 3.
1 x Double Bed (including bedding), 1 x pull out sofa.
Please note: this site is closed for winter season, we will confirm availability once booking is made.

Brand new for the summer of 2017/18, Bell Bird Corner is a 5m bell tent situated in a quiet corner of Koru Campsite.

This is the ultimate ‘glamping’ experience – All the joys of camping with the comfort of a real bed and plenty of space!

Bell Bird comes fully equipped with double bed and bedding, a sofa (which can pull out to accommodate extra guests), towels, crockery and cutlery.

Glampers share the kitchen and bathroom facilities of the campsite yet have their own space to relax on the raised deck of Bell Bird Corner.


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$60.00 per night
(up to 2 guests)
$20.00 per additional guest


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Property Amenities

Sealed Roads
Unsealed Roads
Property Manager on site
2WD access all areas
Rubbish bin
BBQ
Generators not allowed
Single Safe
Group Campsites
Family Friendly
Power


Additional Amenities:
Tea/coffee supplies in cottages LPs, books and games in cottages Swings/slide for children Small on site shop with basic supplies, beer and wine

Activities

Kayaking & Canoeing

Experiences

Scenic Canoe Adventure Package with Whanganui River Canoes

We’ve arranged a total package for you so that all you have to do is turn up and enjoy!

Book yourself two nights in a self-contained cottage then add this package for a canoe adventure from Pipiriki back to the Flying Fox.

DAY ONE
Arrive at the Flying Fox and spend the afternoon exploring, take a swim in the river, walk to the nearby historic Koriniti Post Office, or perhaps enjoy a soak in a bush bath.

DAY TWO
Collect your lunch and take a scenic journey up the Whanganui River Rd with your driver. At Pipiriki you will be given a full safety briefing and equipped with everything you need to canoe safely back to the Flying Fox.
This leisurely paddle down the river will take about 6 hours with time to stop and explore along the way.
You will pass several historic settlements and sections of the Whanganui National Park, enjoy the breath taking scenery and serenity of the river.

INCLUDED ARE:
CATERING – Two continental breakfast baskets, one packed lunch.
TRANSPORT – From the Flying Fox, enjoy a scenic drive up the Whanganui River Rd to Pipiriki.

$365.00 per person


Extras Some handy things you might need that the property owner can supply

Catering

All the accommodation options at the Flying Fox are fully equipped for you to self-cater with gas hobs, ovens (in the cottages) and BBQs. There is also a small store on site for basic provisions that you may have forgotten (along with home made treats, beer and wine).

However full catering can also be provided with dinner, breakfast and packed lunch options.

Jane and Kelly pride themselves on providing good wholesome, home cooked meals, created using fresh, home grown or locally sourced ingredients with an emphasis on free range and additive free produce.

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About the Landowner, Jane & Kelly

You will be guaranteed a warm welcome from husband and wife owners Jane and Kelly and invited to share their piece of paradise, nestled on the edge of the Whanganui National Park.


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