Scenic Canoe Adventures

The Flying Fox have teamed up with Whanganui River Canoes to provide you with an unforgettable canoe experience.  An ideal way to experience the peace and beauty of the surrounding bush and farmland on the quiet lower reaches of the river, you can decide the length of time you spend canoeing and can stop to explore the historic settlements on the way. 

We’ve arranged a total package for you so that all you have to do is turn up and enjoy. With add-on options for a canoe guide, extra days accommodation or a welcome gift basket this is the ultimate easy-to-book canoe trip.

DAY 1 Arrive in the afternoon at the Flying Fox where your car will be securely parked. Traverse the river on our aerial cable car, then settle into your unique hand built cottage. Spend the afternoon exploring the Flying Fox site, take a swim in the river, or walk to the nearby historic Koriniti Post Office. Relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the evening with a glass of wine or perhaps a soak in a bush bath.

DAY 2 After enjoying your continental breakfast, collect your lunch and take a scenic journey up the Whanganui River Rd with your driver. You will be given a full safety briefing and equipped with everything you need to canoe safely back to the Flying Fox.
This leisurely paddle down the river will take between 3- 6 hours (depending on your preference) with time to stop and explore along the way.  This is a tranquil section of the river where you can truly get away from the crowds (and jet boats) and experience the serenity and natural beauty of the National Park. You will pass several historic settlements where you have chance to stop and explore if you so wish. Otherwise just settle in and enjoy the breath taking scenery as you float along. Arrive back at your accommodation where hot showers will be waiting and you can relax for the remainder of the day.


  • Car Parking
  • Cable Car transfers
  • Bed and Breakfast Accommodation (2 nights)
  • Packed Lunch
  • Transport
  • Safety Briefing
  • Canoe and Equipement hire


GUIDE An experienced and qualified guide to accompany you for the day to assist with technique and provide information and history as you float along.

Cost $300

ADD AN EXTRA DAY Why not make the most of your trip and add an extra night at the Flying Fox? Spend your extra day relaxing at this tranquil site or explore the River Rd by car or mountain bike. Here you can take in sites such as the historic Kawana flour mill, the Matahiwi cafe and art gallery and the convent at Hiruharama (Jerusalem) founded by Suzanne Aubert. Alternatively the Atene Skyline track is just a few kms away and offers a two hour lookout walk or a full day tramp.

Cost: $120 pp for two people, $100 pp for 3 or more, B & B.

ADD A GIFT BASKET A surprise for a loved one or just a little luxury for your stay; our Welcome Basket includes a bottle of wine, chocolates or homemade muffins and a selection of fresh fruit. Or for those preferring a savoury selection our Cheese and Wine basket is the perfect grazing platter for two

Cost: $45/$60

Please note this trip is available between Oct – April and is weather dependent as safety is our priority. Minimum age is 10 years.


$465pp (2 people)

$400pp (4 people)

$385pp ( 6+ people)

This package can also be booked for a couple staying in Tui, the tiny house or Treetops studio for $375pp

Prices valid for stays up to 30th June 2024

When you book this package, we donate the cost of tree to the Millions Metres Streams Project, helping to protect and restore rivers, streams, lakes and waterways in New Zealand. Be part of the change you want to see!