My aunty decided to book a day adventure for her family and myself, which included a jet boat ride along the Whanganui River which stopped 32km up river for us to walk to the Bridge to Nowhere. The group aged from 6yrs to mid 50s. The drive from Wanganui to the office had bad roads in parts, so give yourself plenty of time to get there (we left without some people as they were over 20 mins late).
Staff in the office were extremely friendly when we got there. We waited for the group to come together, got our life jackets (a legal requirement) and then we walked down from the office to the River. We jet boated up river and listened to Thomas give us stories and explained some history. We all handled the walk well (there are steps- the hardest part is right when you are getting out of the jet boat!! otherwise its quite a light walk) and the walk was mostly shady, which was nice on a warm day!! Thomas (our guide) was very knowledgeable and shared stories and he has a very strong family history in the area. He even handed out some delicious cookies/biscuits and had tea/coffee/hot chocolate supplies for those interested!!
There are toilets along the way, which is a port-a-loo above a hole in the ground, which was not pleasant smelling on a warm day and no toilet paper (but if you need to go, you'll use it! Don't forget tissues!!). Obviously the toilet is put there the council for use by every tour group that goes there. We then walked back to the jet boat and had a few 360 spins on the way back.
My family group got off the jet boat 10km from the end (obviously pre-arranged when we booked) and then rowed the remaining distance back. Took about 2 hours in the canoes (and not being fitness freaks or rowers and you obviously need to row or you'll never make it back!!), but none of us fell in, even over the small rapids.... so listen to their advice so you don't either (unlike a few others from other groups rowing along!!).
Remember to take hats, sunscreen, lunch and water bottles.... Was a fantastic day!
Thank you Thomas and the staff for making it such a wonderful experience. I had such a wonderful day!! Thanks!
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