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Address: | Mangapurua Landing, Whanganui River, 4576, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 6 349 2100
07:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 21:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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What an exhilarating day with Whanganui River Adventures

After taking a cruisy drive up the River Road to Pipiriki, we finally made it to the base in the old school. (There are a couple of other operators in close proximity so make sure... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2017
Kerry C
Whanganui, New Zealand

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Whanganui, New Zealand
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183 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

After taking a cruisy drive up the River Road to Pipiriki, we finally made it to the base in the old school. (There are a couple of other operators in close proximity so make sure you know EXACTLY where you are going - check an image on Google perhaps?) We took the jetboat ride up to the Bridge with Whanganui... More 

Thank Kerry C
Wellington, New Zealand
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16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

A beautiful river with many options for canoeing (up to 7 days), jet boating, mountain bike riding (but part is passable by boat only) or, in parts, driving.

Thank David G
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7 reviews
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Everything about this trip was wonderful. The last time I drove the river road from Wanganui (22 years ago) it was unsealed and very slow. Now it is a pleasure to drive this scenic route to the settlement of Pipiriki where we were welcomed by our jet boat driver, Shane. On the trip up the river he pointed out historic... More 

Thank Helen W
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24 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Glorious weather helped make this a great trip. Jet boat up river is a journey through stunning scenery, you get taken back in time, it's so unspoilt. Stopped for an easy bush walk (30-35 mins) to the Bridge to Nowhere which is worth visiting for historical value. Back to jet boat after picnic lunch, short whizz down river to pick... More 

Thank Sam M
BTNLodge, Owner at Bridge to Nowhere, responded to this review

So glad that you enjoyed your trip with us! It is a pretty amazing part of NZ great that the weather behaved for you! Mandy :) More 

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36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

My friends and I stopped here on the Whanganui Canoe Journey. We pulled into the second mooring for the hike which is up the small tributary just a few minutes past the main mooring. I wouldn't actually recommend this option, although the walk is shorter, because it is very steep and muddy until you hit the main track. It was... More 

Thank Sarah B
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119 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

We arrived at the Bridge to Nowhere after mountain biking 42km from Whakahoro via the Kaiwkakauka Track (20km climb) and then joining the Mangapurua Track (essentially 22km of down hill on an old farm track) to finally arrive at the Bridge to Nowhere. Took 3 hours to reach the Mangapurua Trigg (stopped on the way to check out the Blue... More 

Thank Jandalz3
Te Puke, New Zealand
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39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

We had a fabulous night at "Bridge to Nowhere" friendly staff, great service, a wonderful meal , breakfast & packed lunch. We were a party of 10 biking "Mountains To Sea" The jet boat ride was really good, Jo was on time, in fact waiting for us after we rode the Mangapurua track. A great place to stop the night.... More 

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BTNLodge, Owner at Bridge to Nowhere, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. Glad that you had such a good time was great to meet you all! Come again! Cheers Joe More 

Jacksonville, Florida
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

We were exploring New Zealand and made a side trip to the Bridge to Nowhere and stayed at the lodge. We were traveling in a large rented Campervan and were relieved that Joe allowed us to park in a secure, private yard. The jet boat ride to the bridge was surprisingly smooth, with breathtaking views as you traveled up the... More 

Thank Edward L
BTNLodge, Owner at Bridge to Nowhere, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. So glad that you enjoyed your time with us! Was good to meet you ! More 

Tirau, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 April 2016

A real credit to Joe and his team, great service, great food, great environment a great place to visit for those how love the outdoors or want a place to chill out. Would highly recommend !!!!!!!!

Thank richardleach2016
New Plymouth, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 1 April 2016

After an interesting car drive up the Whanganui River road we started our Jetboat trip at 10.30am going up the river taking in the amazing scenery of this canyoned river and listening to the history of this remote and abandonded farmland at the Bridge ,a No 1 Heritage site. Having rafted there 31 yrs previously, we were amazed at it's... More 

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