Many people come to the Flying Fox to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Whilst staying with us you can relax in at one of the outdoor tables or take a gentle stroll through the orchard and gardens.
For those wishing to go further afield there are various tracks leading along the river and through the surrounding native bush. Deer and goats are a common sight and a short walk takes you to the remains of the old house which was used as the Koriniti post office and general store.
We have a small number of Mountain bikes available for hire for those who want to take a ride along the River Rd. Matahiwi is just 8kms north and here there is a quaint café and art gallery, great for a relaxed morning tea or lunch. Just beyond this you can visit the historic Kawana Flour Mill which was restored by the Friends of the Whanganui River in 1986. Carrying on up the road (approx. 20kms) you will come to the settlement of Hiruharama (Jerusalem) where you can visit the convent and beautiful church, the home of Mother Aubert and the sisters of compassion. These attractions can also be reached easily by car.
In addition to our own ‘Scenic Canoe Adventure’ package. We also have local operators who can provide extended mountain bike, kayak, canoe or jet boat tours. A visit to The Bridge to Nowhere is a popular day trip (and highly recommended) with knowledgeable local guides taking you into the heart of the Whanganui National Park.
The north end of the Atene Skyline walk is a ten minute drive south and offers options for a two hour walk to the lookout point or a six – eight hour tramp around the ridgeline. Either option will afford spectacular views of the Whanganui National Park.
If all the beautiful scenery or activities on the river gets too much for you, Whanganui township is less than a hours drive south and provides cultural, historic and artistic sights along with a bustling cafe culture.
However, you may find that you are happy just to relax, unwind and enjoy the natural environment once you are here!