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3081 Whanganui River Road, Whanganui 4576 New Zealand
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  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
Updated 09/02/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 09/02/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#4 of 15 Speciality lodging in Whanganui
Three rustic self-contained, handbuilt cottages are nestled in a garden and bush setting overlooking the Whanganui River. Two 'Glamping' tents and a small number of camping pitches complete the accommodation choices. This piece of paradise has been lovingly developed into a truly unique place to stay. Access is only by aerial cableway or via the river by canoe or river taxi, making it the ideal 'get away from it all' retreat. All the cottages are fully equipped with bedding, towels, kitchens, music and book collections. For campers there is a bush shower, kitchen shelter and toilet facilities. There is also free wi-fi access for those who need to keep in touch with the outside world. Halfway between Pipiriki and Whanganui along the Mountain to Sea Cycle Trail and Te Araroa Walkway , this is a welcome overnight stay for cyclists, canoeist and walkers. Dinner and breakfast can be provided with advance notice, and 'The Store' at the Flying Fox has provisions for self-catering with our gardens providing organic in season fruit/vegetables along with local artwork and other products.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Breakfast available
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Non-smoking rooms
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3081 Whanganui River Road, Whanganui 4576 New Zealand
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Wanganui Airport36 kmSee all flights
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_luke_shadbolt wrote a review May 2021
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Jane and Kelly Stephens, Owner at The Flying Fox
Responded 11 May 2021
Thanks for the review Luke, great to meet you and the group on your trip. Glad you enjoyed the stop over.
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Strphen wrote a review Apr 2021
Porirua, New Zealand
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.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Jane and Kelly Stephens, Owner at The Flying Fox
Responded 7 Apr 2021
Thank you for the review Stephen, we were glad you were still able to enjoy a night with us and then commence your river trip, albeit delayed by a few days!
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oscarthecat wrote a review Feb 2021
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.
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Date of stay: February 2021
Room Tip: We loved James K Baxter Cottage. Plenty of room for 5 adults to stay. Packing an insect spray...
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Response from Jane and Kelly Stephens, Owner at The Flying Fox
Responded 9 Feb 2021
Thank you Metua, we are so glad that this was your experience of your time at the Flying Fox. This is exactly what we work so hard to achieve for our guests.
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RichVirg2014 wrote a review Jan 2021
Hamilton, New Zealand
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.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Response from Jane and Kelly Stephens, Owner at The Flying Fox
Responded 9 Feb 2021
Thank you so much for your review. So glad you enjoyed your stay, it was lovely to meet you both.
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Virginia C wrote a review Dec 2020
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.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Jane and Kelly Stephens, Owner at The Flying Fox
Responded 2 Jan 2021
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review 65virginiac. We enjoyed meeting you both and hope to see you again in the future. Sadly you were the last customers for our Peddle & Paddle Package for the time being but keep an eye on the website for more exciting package deals soon!
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Flying Fox
Which popular attractions are close to The Flying Fox?
Nearby attractions include Atene Viewpoint Walk (7.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Flying Fox?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at The Flying Fox?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at The Flying Fox?
Guests can enjoy a lounge, breakfast, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at The Flying Fox?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Flying Fox?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to The Flying Fox?
Many travellers enjoy visiting St Joseph's Church (13.9 km).
Does The Flying Fox have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.