Kia Ora Koutou and welcome to the first Flying Fox blog post.
I wanted to use this post to introduce ‘The Flying Fox’…who we are and what we do!
We are Jane and Kelly, owner/operators for the Flying Fox.
We moved to The Flying Fox in December 2015 from Whanganui, taking over from the previous owners who originally developed the site into tourist accommodation. We both needed a change from the careers we had been pursuing and this move has allowed us to follow our dream of living rurally and sustainably away from the commercialism of modern society.
Kelly has lived in Taranaki and Whanganui areas all his life and spent much of his time working in the bush for the Forest Service and as an Outdoor instructor. This included 16 years working as a canoe guide on the Whanganui river.
Jane was raised in rural Somerset in the UK and has diverse experience within the social work field within the child protection and rehabilitation environments. Working with people has always been her passion and this is something she has continued to enjoy at the Flying Fox.
When you come to stay with us, you are sharing our home environment. The Flying Fox is situated on the site of an old Maori kaianga (village), surrounded by regenerating native bush and National Park.
As kaitiaki (guardians) of this environment we strive to provide a sustainable tourism experience. This means we endeavour to minimise our impact on our surroundings and are committed to the concept of environmentally responsible use of resources. As well as providing an enjoyable stay for our guests we love to share our way of life and ideas about sustainability and conservation. We make efforts to minimise the waste we generate, recycling and reusing everything possible. We also encourage our guests to be aware of their use of resources (water, power etc) and provide facilities for composting and recycling.
There is no road access to the site and we do not have cell phone reception or television, therefore it is an ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Our home and guest cottages are built using mainly recycled and natural materials sourced from our area. They are comfortably furnished and equipped with everything you will need for your stay including books, music, linen and tea/coffee making supplies. We have composting toilet systems and avoid the use of chemical based cleaning products. We are ‘off-grid’ for most services, sourcing our own water and dealing with our own sewerage. Whilst we are connected to the mains electricity, we have recently installed a bank of 16 solar panels and now generate about two thirds of our electricity consumption.
Our own native bush, avocado orchards, historic walnut trees, and gardens are cared for using organic/permaculture principles. We have a range of heritage fruit trees on our property and work to preserve these along with growing heritage and organic vegetables in our garden. We run a pest control programme to keep down the local predator population to allow the native bird life to flourish.
Kelly and Jane are both currently studying Art courses through The Learning Connexion in Wellington and we love to share our artistic endeavours with guests too. In the quieter winter months we run workshops in felt making, needle felting, stone sculpture and bone carving.
So there’s a little bit about us, check out The Flying Fox for more photos and details about the various Camping, Glamping and Cottage accommodation options we have on offer.