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The Flying Fox

  • Whanganui River Rd.
  • Koriniti
  • Fodor's Choice


  • River wilderness
  • Eco-friendly and organic
  • Getting there


  • No cell phone reception

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

The arrival is exceptional—whether by boat or the namesake Flying Fox, a cable car that carries you across to the remote, west bank of the Whanganui River. Once here, you can choose between a pair of two-bedroom cottages and the funky Glory Cart gypsy caravan. The former were hand-built using salvaged materials; inside, rug-covered floors, tie-dye throws, carved screens, and wood-burning stoves create a warm, cozy ambience. Distinctly eco-friendly, facilities here include wood- and gas-fired showers and solar lighting; moreover, the entire property is certified organic. Both self-catering and bed-and-breakfast options are available, and other meals can be provided (ask in advance). A little store carries a few products as well as home-grown produce. You can get to the Flying Fox from Wanganui on the Whanganui River Road Mail Tour; if you're driving, there's secure parking on the road side of the river.

Hotel Information


Whanganui River Rd., Koriniti, Manawatu-Wanganui, 4576, New Zealand



Hotel Details:

  • 2 cottages, 1 cabin
  • Rate includes: Some meals

Published 08/30/2016

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