If you can stay more than a night DO IT. One is definitely not enough. John and Annette are the most hospitable and friendliest hosts I've ever encountered.
Getting there is off the beaten track. The cable car is a must. It's such a kitsch way to get in there.
The cottages themselves are authentically rustic, but not at all without creature comforts. They are beautifully decorated and situated in great forest surroundings.
They have a 'mini store' there with some home made produce, frozen and fresh food if you got caught out in prepared (like we did) - I'd recommend going prepared with food of your own. Plenty of cooking options are available there.
I'd also recommend a canoe down the river. It was an easy 3.5 hours and beautiful to float down and see the cliffs, trees, sheep, goats and even wild pigs!
A perfect romantic getaway for any couple. Wholeheartedly recommend. Thanks again to our hosts!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Three rustic self-contained, handbuilt cottages are nestled in a garden and bush setting overlooking the Whanganui River. A 'Glamping' tent 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 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 also a welcome overnight stay for cyclists, canoeist and walkers. Dinner and breakfast can be provided , 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