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Bridge to Nowhere Lodge
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Reviewed May 1, 2014

Just spent 3 days in a Canadian Canoe on the Wanganui River, all organized through the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge.
It was one of the most amazing 3 days anyone can experience. Canoeing along the Wanganui River is breathtaking and parts of the ravine are so isolated you really feel as though you are in the wilderness.
The first night we stayed in a traditional DOC hut but the second night we stayed at the Bridge to nowhere Lodge. 21km from the nearest road, with everything brought in by jet boat, it was a unique experience. Get to stay with a family that has lived on the river for generations.
If you are only in NZ for a few days, and what to experience something unique anywhere in the world, the Wanganui River journey must be on the list. And a stay at the Bridge to nowhere Lodge will be one of the highlights !!

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 14, 2014

The Bridge-to-Nowhere Lodge is a quality accomodation, remotely located high above Wanganui river and can only be reached by boat or on foot, which apparently is a three day hike.

The lodge is family operated, well maintained and charming. It offers double and twin rooms, all with shared bathroom & toilet facilities.

The lodge predominantly caters small tour groups and couples, who arrive by the lodge's own jet-boat service. The boat ride is stunning. You dine in the main lounge. Food is good with fresh ingredients and served in buffet style. Staffs are welcoming and friendly.

Our room was adequately furnished and decorated with a good double bed and bed-linen. No telephone, no internet. We had a separate shared bathroom with double washbasin and two showers and we could use the two separate shared toilets. All was impeccably clean. Windows can be opened but have no mosquito screens. Most likely these are unnecessary, at night we were not disturbed by mosquitos.

The view on the river from the lodge's balcony is impressive. We would recommend this lodge to anyone who seeks a quality accommodation in a national park environment.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

This rustic lodge is a great experience in a beautiful location. You jet boat (a great time) to get here, where the owners Joe and Mandy will make you feel like you have always known them. The meals are fantastic served family style where you can meet your fellow adventure travelers. They have a bar to relax and hang on the deck that overlooks the river below. The bathrooms are shared the bedrooms are private. There is so much to do here if you like hiking,biking,boating or just the incredible star filled sky at night. Wish I had stayed two nights!

Room Tip: Bring a flashlight for the trip to the shared bathrooms-no lights in hallway.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank morinellen
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

I recently took a small group to the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge. We were sorry we only had booked one night. We really enjoyed the experience and would have liked to stay two nights. The location is stunning. Joe and Mandy were great hosts. The food is excellent. The jet boat ride to get there is fun with just the right touch of excitement. Our driver Ben was informative and friendly. The scenery is spectacular. The rooms are comfortable and cozy with shared showers and toilets down the hall. I thought this may have been a negative for our group however it was only for one night and it created an extra family feel to the trip.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled on business
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1  Thank carriearonson
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

We stayed here one night with a small group in late February, 2014. The hostess, Mandy, was extraordinary. No shrinking violet, she kept our bawdy group in line and made us all feel right at home. We were looking for a rustic authentic experience and this met the expectations and then some.

Pluses: Location, ambiance, hostess

Minuses: Shared bathroom, older mattresses, bugs aplenty.

If you are looking for a quaint getaway with no frills, this is your place!

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Sandstormaz
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

We took the two day package with a jet boat ride and walk to the bridge to nowhere, canoeing back down river to the lodge, staying overnight then canoeing back out the next morning. The family who run the outfit aren't polished professionals trained in customer service which is refreshing, but also slightly challenging when you are left to make your way down the river yourself with little preparation. The lodge feels very homely with children, dogs and cats running about the lodge while the evening meal was being cooked. The food was 'old school' roast meats and a variety of veg. Breakfast was cereals, toast and bananas. The bar was excellent value and staying there was quite social with everyone chatting about their experiences for the day. Showers & toilets are shared. Beds very comfy. Being canoeing virgins we got flipped at the first rapids on day 2 but there were people around to help and the jet boat does go past a couple of times to (presumably) see where everyone is. It would help if they had more information on the web page to explain what to wear and take. There were people on the jet boat who didn't have the right sort of shoes for the bush walk and I would have preferred to have been a bit more prepared for the canoeing. Dumb maybe, but I didn't realise that we were going to have to negotiate rapids (even if they are very small). But great experience. Good to know that there is a small friendly café just up the hill from the landing at Pipriki at Whanganui River Adventures to get something to eat after 4 hours on the river, otherwise you won't get food for a long time. The drives in and out of Pipiriki are both very scenic.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank JClare62
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Reviewed December 11, 2013 via mobile

We stayed there during a canoe trip down the Wanganui River. It has a rustic charm ideally suited to its isolated location with access from the cycle path or river. Its views of the Wanganui River from high above are gorgeous. The rooms are basic but tidy and in good condition. Despite its remoteness, the showers were great and the kitchen well equipped for those preparing their own meals. House cooked meals are also normality available as well as a bar. An unusual and special place to stay.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
Thank StevenC75
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Additional Information about Bridge to Nowhere Lodge

Address: PO Box 4203, Whanganui 4541, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Whanganui
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Whanganui
Price Range: $33 - $93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Two types of lodging is available - fully catered and includes; comfortable accommodation, buffet dinner, and breakfast.OR a self-catering option with accommodation in a bunk or family room accommodation, (doubles available on application) and includes use of all the facilities: fully equipped kitchen, lounge and dining room, showers. You bring your own sleeping bag and food.Ideal for canoeists or trampers who would like a well deserved hot shower and a comfortable bed. ... more   less 

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