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“In the middle of nowhere” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bridge to Nowhere

Bridge to Nowhere
PO Box 4203 | Wanganui National Park, Wanganui, New Zealand
+64 6-385 4622
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Ranked #5 of 20 things to do in Wanganui
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Owner description: WELCOME Joe and Mandy welcome you to Bridge to Nowhere Lodge and Tours. We are a family run outdoor adventure tourism business operated in the wilderness region of the Whanganui National Park. North Island of New Zealand. With 5 generations and a lifetime of living, working and playing in the park our family have an extensive knowledge of the river, tracks and their secrets. We specialize in . JET BOAT TOURS to the BRIDGE TO NOWHERE . CANOEING and KAYAKING . MOUNTAIN BIKING - Mountains to Sea Track . TRAMPING / HIKING . BTN LODGE and CAMPGROUND AND anything to do with the Whanganui River and bush regions of the Whanganui National Park. BRIDGE TO NOWHERE TOUR Join Joe, Ben or Kelly (your driver - guide) on one of our "Bridge to Nowhere" jet boat tours. Travel 30km (1 hour) upstream into the middle reaches of the Whanganui River. Pristine native bush cloaks the banks and you will see deep gorges covered with ferns, caves, rapids and other unique and amazing scenery. See the world famous Drop Scene, the Dress Circle and the ancient pegs used by the river boat crew to help them negotiate the treacherous Ngaporo rapids. Continuing on deeper into this wilderness area you'll arrive at the Mangapurua Landing. Your walk to the Bridge to Nowhere begins here. The walk follows the old road and takes approximately 40 minutes. Continue on through the bush until you arrive at the historic "Bridge to Nowhere" - gateway to the "Valley of Abandoned Dreams." Bring a picnic lunch to have at the Bridge, enjoy tales of the historic Mangapurua Valley and its pioneering people. A return walk to the boat and trip back down river to Pipiriki completes this unique experience. BRIDGE TO NOWHERE LODGE Extend your trip by staying at our exclusive lodge called Bridge to Nowhere Lodge. We offer fully catered or self catering accommodation and a licensed bar. The Lodge is the only accommodation of its kind in the area; there are no roads to the Lodge. Access is only by our Lodge jet boat or canoe! BRIDGE TO NOWHERE CAMPGROUND If you would prefer being closer to nature stay at our campground. We have new cabins, tent sites, hot showers and a huge camp kitchen. The Lodge and campground are especially suitable for mountain bikers, trampers, backpackers and canoeists and anyone who would like a well deserved hot shower and comfortable bed. We looking forward to meeting you! Welcome to our world. ARRIVE AS STRANGERS LEAVE AS FRIEND
Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand
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“In the middle of nowhere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

An interesting diversion when canoeing the river and a testament to the hardships of early farmers

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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“Remote, Romantic, Rideable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

Just off the Whangaui River it is a magic spot to either ride to or boat and walk to.

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“nice spot on a scenic part of the river”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

This is a very historic area, with great walks in a wonderful river gorge!

Visited January 2012
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“Nowhere or Somewhere?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

There are many trips on the Whanganui River but if you are getting a little old for Kayaking (like us) we can highly recommend The Bridge To Nowhere Tours. We left from Pipiriki on a beauitiful crisp day with clear blue skies,, but fortunately were warned to take warm clothing - you need it. There were about 16 people on our jet boat (another followed) - this trip had featured on Grabone, so it was popular. We had an informative trip up river to the Mangaurua Landing which took about an hour and then we walked for about 40 minutes to the Bridge to Nowhere. We had all taken a picnic and tea, coffee and milo with biscuits was provided. It was a lovely walk and the Bridge was basking in sunshine. Our guide, Ben, also owns the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge and I am certainly tempted to go back and stay a while.
Another 40 minute walk back to the boat (how did Ben get there before us?) and we were whisked back to Pipiri, with a couple of bonus spins in the boat. The whole trip took about 4.5 hours and we would both fully recommend it - but take warm clothing whatever you think the weather might be like. There are many options you can take with this tour including jet boat trip upriver and kayaking back. It's a bit hard to answer the question about "Bathroom facilities available?" There is a "dunny" on the walk, but hold your nose! This is the bush after all.

Visited May 2012
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“An exciting bus and boat ride”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

I can only repeat what I said about the Wanganui River. The boatman gave us lots of good historical and local info about the area. It is a fascinating and atmospheric place and you get a feeling of sadness for all the pioneers and their hard work which mostly in the end came to nothing. The walk up is about 40 minutes on a good path. The boat trip from Pipiriki to the start of the walk is exciting and again lots of info about the river and the local residents.

Visited February 2012
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