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The Flying Fox
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!!

  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 January 2018

The only bad thing about the Flying Fox was that we had to leave after one night to catch the ferry @ Wellington. Otherwise we would have definitely extended our stay here. Next level 'Glamping' in the lovely bell tent and we really loved taking a nice hot bath in the forest. Don't leave the Northern island without stopping by at the Flying Fox.

  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

We were cycling the River Road to Whanganui and booked to stay at the Flying Fox. It is in a perfect half way overnight location and the arrival by cable car is very cute.

All the information we received ahead of time was excellent - even down to the warning about the steep driveway. An important piece of information for cyclists. As soon as we arrived someone from the lodge contacted us by radio telephone to welcome us and gave us information on where to put our bikes in the storage shed. We were then whisked across the river just in time to beat the thunderstorm that had been threatening.

Jane and Kelly were great from the moment we arrived. We stayed in the Gypsy Caravan which is a glamping experience. It is an army-style tent with a lovely comfortable bed and a wee gypsy cart alongside with a kitchenette. There is no electricity here so we had to charge our various devices in the main lodge but that wasn’t an issue. The cart is well equipped with gas cooker and plenty of implements.

We were self-catering and had a meal that needed a microwave but could easily do this in the lodge. Jane caters meals and, by all accounts, provides a great service. She was happy to allow us to use the facilities in the main kitchen just encouraging us (completely fairly) to avoid her peak time when she was preparing and serving dinner.

There’s a fab little shop with staples, souvenirs, crafts and goodies. And boy the prices are incredibly fair. We did a little stock up of food for our travels.

I loved our night in the tent despite torrential rain. I slept with the flaps open so could wake up to the views of the river. There is plenty of bedding to keep warm and a mosquito net to keep away any bugs (though there weren’t too many of those).

All in all a great stay with friendly and accommodating hosts.

Pricing was reasonable though do be aware that if you are cycling, there is a charge of $5 per bike to store your bikes in the shed on the other side of the river. We didn’t know this and were told to put our bikes in the shed and were surprised to see this charge on our bill when we left. Small price to pay but just important to know to expect this.

Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank Linda K
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TheFlyingFox16, Owner at The Flying Fox, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your feedback Linda. Apologies for the oversight in not telling you about the bike storage charge. We will amend our procedures and website accordingly.

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

This place is a fabulous experience. The flying fox access is very cool! We stayed in James K Cottage which was perfect for us two couples. We had our meal prepared by hosts Kelly and Jane. The food was good, and we thoroughly enjoyed their company. We will no doubt return to experience some of the other accommodation options on this site!

Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

After a long Canoetrip we came this week to the campsite. It was a beautiful place for us. Very friendly people, hot shower and a little shop with nice things. We felt very comfortable. Thank you for the hospitality.

Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Flying Fox

Address: 3081 Whanganui River Road, Whanganui 4576, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Whanganui
Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Whanganui
Price Range: ₹ 3,796 - ₹ 9,965 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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