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View from the Gypsy Cart - available at The Flying Fox
The James K Cottage and The Riverboat Cottage - available at The Flying Fox
Ruru Lodge - available at The Flying Fox
The Blackberry Patch - available at The Flying Fox
Arriving at The Flying Fox via aerial cable car
The Whanganui River
Scenic Canoe Adventure on Whanganui River
A sneak peak at the JK Baxter Cottage through the bush
Fire Pit and Bell Tent - Bellbird Corner - Available at The Flying Fox

Ruru Lodge

The Flying Fox - Matahiwi, Manawatu-Whanganui
ADVENTURE | CANOE | AERIAL CABLE CAR
 
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Sleeps up to 7
From $345 tonight

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 unspoiled 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.


Highlights

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

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. 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.

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

There is no cell phone reception or TV making this a place to slow the pace of life and an ideal retreat. Free WiFi 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.

** Please note our check in times are 2.30pm to 8pm (or if dark earlier, then earlier). We do not operate the cable car after dark.

Activities on or nearby this property

Access to: Lakes | Rivers | Streams | Beaches
Birdlife
Digital Detox
Do Something Different
Hiking | Tramping
Nature Walks
Outdoor Bath | Hot Tub
Rafting | Kayaking | Canoeing
Relaxation
Romance
Rural Views
Solitude
Star Gazing
Sustainable Stays: Eco | Off Grid | Organic
Swimming
Toast Marshmellows around the Campfire
Unique Accommodation

Paid extras you might like to add

These will be available to select during the booking progress

$375.00 Per Person

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.

Activity Length: 2 nights/days


$30.00 Per Person

Our food hamper contains everything you need to prepare a simple dinner and continental breakfast for yourself. This option means you don't have to worry about remembering to bring ingredients or make a decision about what to cook!

** Catering must be booked in advance


$50.00 Per Person

We serve a two course dinner most evenings. We pride ourselves on good quality, home-cooked food which is sourced locally and is in season.
Dinner will be served communally if more than one group are eating or we will bring it to your accommodation if yours is the only dinner booking.

** Catering must be booked in advance


$15.00 Per Person

We offer the choice of a Continental or Cooked Breakfast. The continental breakfast is provided in a self serve basket meaning you can help yourself whenever you are ready in the morning. Your basket will include a selection of the following: Bread, muffins, croissants, cereal, yogurt, fruit, home made preserves, milk and juice.

** Catering must be booked in advance


$22.50 Per Person

We offer the choice of a Continental or Cooked Breakfast. The cooked breakfast is served at a time to suit you between 7.30- 9am. This generally is a selection of bacon, sausages, black pudding, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, avocados, blinis, potato cakes, juice and toast with preserves.

** Catering must be booked in advance


Room Info

Bedroom 1: 1 x Queen Bed and 1 x Single bed
Bedroom 2: 1 x King bed (OR 2 x Single beds)
Bedroom 3: (in Turret) 1 x Double bed


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

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.

The Turret bedroom has doors which open onto a roof terrace with expansive views over the river.

Ruru Lodge is available for rent between December and April.


Reviews

We can honestly say this experience was unlike anything we had done before. It's absolutely magical and we loved it here.

Loved the view from our fancy tent. Beautiful to fall asleep to the sound of water flowing. Would do it again in a heart beat!

Amazing hosts Kelly & Jane...heartfelt thank you for a memorable time. Genuine earth friendly folk with stunning home made yoghurt, lemon honey & jams. Beautiful food...delightful, unmissable....just do it!!


Amenities

18+ Not Suitable for Children
Family Friendly
Property Manager on site
Single Safe

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Eating and Drinking

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). During the summer months we also have a snack menu available between 11am and 4pm.

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.

Please add as an 'extra' should you wish to include these with your booking.

About your host, 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.



Essential Room Information

Bedroom 1: 1 x Queen Bed and 1 x Single bed
Bedroom 2: 1 x King bed (OR 2 x Single beds)
Bedroom 3: (in Turret) 1 x Double bed

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

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.

The Turret bedroom has doors which open onto a roof terrace with expansive views over the river.

Ruru Lodge is available for rent between December and April.



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