Stayed at the Flying Fox while doing the Mountains to Sea cycle trail. Great experience. The accommodation was excellent, quirky and rustic but very comfortable. Our hosts were great. Very welcoming and accommodating. Meals were excellent. Great collection of vinyl records to listen to. Very relaxing location. Great bird life and a good opportunity to get back in touch with nature. Highly recommended.
We had a one night stop as part of a messed up by weather trip. What a fantastic place. Crossing the river was a lovely, gentle way to cross into another world of beautiful gardens, well maintained cabins, and welcoming hosts, Kelly and Jane. Our package included dinner, breakfast and a pack lunch. Wow! Dinner was sumptuous and homely - a good, old fashioned pie with roast vegetables followed by a panacotta dessert. We loved the collection of old LPs in our cabin, and played a number of them in a romantic, cosy hideaway. More time there would be wonderful. They also made it possible for us to get to our next activity by getting up especially early to send us back across the river on the flying fox.
Wow if this place dosnt change you then Kelly and Jane will. Genuine people who put 100% into making our stay memorable. Thankyou for the wonderful experience. Our adult children loved every moment. We loved staying at James K Baxter Lodge and finding our family connections to the area was very special. Our family also did the Oamaru Stone Carving Workshop. Kelly was an inspirational teacher and we thought our creation pieces were amazing. There were lots of extra touches you would not normally get in a commercial set up. Shower toiletries, a radio, touch lamps on both sides of our bed, an outside couch on our porch, box of quality games for children and adults, lots of art on the walls, just made the place homely.
What a memorable experience . my wife and enjoyed both the uniqueness and the remoteness of our stay in the riverboat whare and the serenity of the environment. We were truly able to relax and unwind.
This is an amazing place to stay!!! Quaint quiet rustic style, the Whanganui river in front and beautiful native bush and forest behind. Outstanding surroundings and the accommodation is superior. We stayed in the River Cottage and loved all the little surprises. Meals are delicious. Hospitality is fantastic. We did the Peddle & Paddle Package! Cannot speak highly enough of The Flying Fox.