Local Activities

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.

Walking 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 until 1968.

For those wishing to explore the surrounding area, the settlement of Koriniti is just across the river and the marae is open for visitors (providing there are no events taking place). Here you will find three historic whare, one of which is a fascinating museum containing local historical artefacts. If the kaitiaki (caretakers) are present they will provide a guided tour and open the museum.

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

Whanganui River Adventures

Bridge to Nowhere Tours

Whanganui River Canoes

 

 

The north end of the Atene Skyline Track  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 ridge line. 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.  You can find lots of up to date information and event details on the following site:  Visiting Whanganui

 

Whilst in Whanganui we recommend a trip on one of the classic restored riverboats. Find out more at:

The Wairua riverboat

The Waimarie paddle steamer

However, you may find that you are happy just to relax, unwind and enjoy the natural environment once you are at the Flying Fox !

 

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