Arriving by flying fox was the intoduction to a fabulous family weekend. The property is nestled into the hillside above the river, providing beautiful views of the river itself. Our cottage was extremely comfortable and cosy with a number of areas to simply sit and relax and soak in the view or cuddle up with a good book, mag or some Baxter poetry. The outdoor areas are picturesque and the 100 year old walnut trees provide a natural canopy to the large outdoor dining area. The house is fully equiped (including excellent quality coffee) organic milk and filtered water. The property also stocks a number of delicious homemade preserves, fresh baked bread, home made ice cream and a goood selection of New Zealand wines and beers. In our 3 day/2 night stay (which I highly recommend as1 day simply is not enough) we undertook a 16K kayak downriever which was all organised by your very helpful and friendly host, John. The trip included a delicious lunch of huge homemade muffins, quality coffee and homemade lemon squash for the kids. It is a must see and experience destination and excellent value for such an isloated and unique experience. Our family will most definately be returning with others in tow as we so want to share this fabulous place.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- The Flying Fox Hotel Wanganui