Scenic Canoe Adventure

Activity and Adventure all in one!

The Flying Fox have teamed up with Whanganui River Canoes to provide you with an accommodation and canoe experience. 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 extra days or a catered dinner this is the ultimate easy-to-book trip.

  • ACCOMMODATION  – Two nights in a self-contained cottage.
  • CATERING  – Two continental breakfast baskets, one packed lunch
  • TRANSPORT – From the Flying Fox, enjoy a scenic drive up the Whanganui River Rd to Pipiriki
  • CANOE – From Pipiriki back to the Flying Fox (self-guided)


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.


After enjoying your continental breakfast, collect your lunch and take a scenic journey up the Whanganui River Rd with your driver. At Pipiriki 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 about 6 hours with time to stop and explore along the way. You will pass several historic settlements and sections of the Whanganui National Park where you have chance to stop and explore if you so wish. Otherwise just settle in and enjoy the breath taking scenery and serenity of the river. Arrive back at your accommodation where hot showers will be waiting and you can relax for the remainder of the day.



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


Be fully pampered and allow The Flying Fox to provide a delicious home cooked dinner for you.


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.


The Flying Fox provides a unique experience with eco-friendly accommodation on the banks of the Whanganui River.  With no road access visitors arrive via aerial cable car across the river or land on the bank from jet boat or canoe. Either way you will be guaranteed a warm welcome from husband and wife owners Jane and Kelly and invited to share their piece of paradise. You will be staying in one of three self-contained cottages which are hand-built from reclaimed materials and comfortably furnished with carefully restored and upcycled items.
Each cottage is fully self -contained and equipped with everything you will need to make your stay comfortable including all linen and tea and coffee supplies. If you choose to self-cater for dinner a small on-site shop has basic supplies for anything you may have forgotten to bring. Whilst there is no cell phone reception, free Wi-Fi enables you to keep in touch with the outside world should you need to.

Two people $375 pp, Four people $345pp, Six people $325pp

Inclusions: Car parking, cable car transfer, bed and breakfast cottage accommodation (2 nights), packed lunch, transport, safety briefing, canoe and equipment hire.

Extras: Dinner $50 pp, Extra night B&B $100 pp,  Guide $250

The above package can also be purchased for two people staying in the Gypsy Cart or the Blackberry Patch $275pp

We offer this package from October – April, please note it is weather dependent as safety is our priority.