Whanganui River Day Tours | Boating Adventures | Bridge to Nowhere


At “Bridge to Nowhere”and from hiking/tramping tracks through the Whanganui National Park including the Matemateaonga and Mangapura (Bridge to Nowhere) tracks. We cater for both small and large groups.
You may wish to stay at the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge at the start or end of your trip.

Both Matemateaonga and Managpurua Tracks start/end close to the Lodge. From the Matamateaonga track you can walk directly to the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge where you can enjoy a cuppa, hot shower or comfortable bed should you wish to stay. A short jet boat ride from the Mangapurua Track will get you to the Lodge.

Our pick up and drop off base is at Pipiriki and at the Lodge located on the Whanganui river. For transfers to/from Pipiriki we’ll provide you with information on organising these.

Tramping - Whanganui National Park

Matemateaonga Track

  • 3 to 4 Days

Following an old Maori trail and settlers dray road, the track penetrates deep into Whanganui National Park. See our country as never before. Share the tracks with birds, goats and native wildlife, not other people. During your tramp enjoy spectacular views of the central plateau volcanoes. DOC huts and fresh water available on this track.

This track can be walked from two directions:

Kohi Saddle via Stratford
Whanganui River

Depending on the direction you choose we can either jet you in or out of the Whanganui River end creating a unique tramping / boating trip. If starting from the Stratford end; on your last day you can depart Puketotara Hut and take our private walkway directly to our Lodge enjoying sweeping views of the Whanganui River on the way (1 ½ hours.) You can choose to stay the night at our “Bridge to Nowhere” Lodge or simply board our jet boat to take you to Pipiriki.

Tramping - Whanganui National Park

Tramping Track

  • 3 Days/14 to18 hours

This track can also be walked from either direction combined with a jet boat ride.
Access from either:

Ruatiti Valley via Raetihi
Whakahoro and up the Kaiwhakauka Valley.
Mangapurua Landing via our “Bridge to Nowhere” Jet Boat

The tramp including crossing the world famous “Bridge to Nowhere” and venturing into the Mangapurua Valley, now known as the “Valley of Abandoned Dreams”. This was the heart of the rehabilitation settlement where land was offered to returning soldiers following WW1. Pioneering settlers attempted to clear the land of its virgin native forest to transform it into farmland. Today all that remains of this once thriving settlement are chimneys, exotic trees and old fence lines which mark the remains of the old house sights. This valley is now fast regenerating back into native bush.
There are no DOC huts on this walkway, tents available for hire from us if required.

Call us or email us to book a transfer and/or accommodation.

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Free day parking is available at our base. Secure overnight parking $10.
Please take all valuables with you.

Bookings are Essential

Our Tours

Jet Boat Tours

Join Joe or Ben on one of our fantastic Bridge to Nowhere - Jet Boat Tours
Popular Tour

Jet Boat & Canoe Tours

Jet BoatTour - plus Canoeing (unguided) Express, Half and Full day Adventures available

Stay and Play Packages

Combine the Bridge to Nowhere jet boat tour with Canoeing on the Whanganui River and a stay at the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge or Campground.


Mountain Biking Bridge to Nowhere/Mangapurua Track

Ride Description and Day Trip Options

“If you only have the chance to do one adventure ride this year, this is the North Island’s best. There are several ways to tackle this ride. We really enjoyed the full round trip.” Simon, Jonathan and Paul Kennett

Mountain Biking Bridge to Nowhere/Mangapurua Track

Overnight & Canoeing Options

We offer a variety of packages for you to enjoy including shuttles, accommodation, jet boat transfers and canoeing...

Hiking and Tramping Mangapurua and Matemateaonga Tracks

Jet boat transfers accommodation and canoeing options for all trampers in the Whanganui National Park.


The Bridge to Nowhere Lodge

The Bridge to Nowhere Lodge is a unique place. Located deep in the Whanganui National Park wilderness region, we are the only Whanganui River accommodation of this kind in the area. Perched high above the river and surrounded by native bush the only access is by the lodge’s jet boat service, canoe, by foot or helicopter...

The Bridge to Nowhere Campground

We are 9km or 1 1/2 hours paddling below the Mangapurua Landing where you probably stopped to walk into the Bridge to Nowhere. 4 Cabins with awesome THICK mattresses, picnic tables, cook house, bbq's and more...

The Bridge to Nowhere Campground

The campground is about 100 meters up stream from our Bridge to Nowhere Lodge on the same side of the river, so if you are canoeing you will see it first.
The campground was fully upgraded in 2014. Hot showers, Toilets, Glow worms, clothes lines and more...


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About Us

Find out more about the Bridge to Nowhere family

The River

The Whanganui River winds its way from the mountains to Wanganui City by the Tasman Sea. It flows through countless hills and valleys. Lowland forest surrounds the river in its middle and lower reaches, forming the heart of the Whanganui National Park.