Whanganui River Day Tours | Boating Adventures | Bridge to Nowhere

Jet boat and Canoeing (unguided) Express, Half and Full Day Adventures

If you only have a day up your sleeve but want to experience canoeing the Whanganui River we have some great options available. We’ll ensure your adventure will take you into the most scenic parts of the Whanganui River where you can explore the sights and sounds of the river at your own pace. Take a picnic, relax, and enjoy the peace and tranquillity as you float down this majestic river.

Canoeing tours Whanganui

EXPLORE

  • Full Day

Bridge to Nowhere Jet Boat Tour,
Bush Walk and 2 + hours of Canoeing

  • Adults $160
    Children $80

Children 7 to 15 (Please note Children must be 7 or older)

Tour Description

Be prepared for a full on day of adventure with this tour! From Pipiriki you’ll jet the Whanganui River to Mangapurua Landing and then walk 40 minutes through the native bush to find the Bridge to Nowhere. Bring a picnic lunch to have at the Bridge and enjoy tales from your guide of the historic Mangapurua Valley and its pioneering people.

You’ll then wander back to the river, to join the jet boat that will take you to the next part of your adventure – canoeing back down the Whanganui River to Pipiriki

After receiving full paddling instructions and a safety brief, you’ll be able to board your canoe.

Leave the rest of the world behind and experience the peace and tranquility as you drift back down the river.
We’ll leave it up to you to stop and explore points of interest along the way – there is no rush, it’s your day to explore.

Not much has changed on the River over the years, except for the odd jet boat or two, so you’ll get an appreciation of just how things must have been on the Whanganui River centuries ago.

Whanganui River

NATURE LOVERS CRUISE

  • Half Day

Jet boat 21 km up river
and 4 + hours of Canoeing

  • Adults $130
    Children $70

Children 7 to 15 (Please note Children must be 7 or older)

Tour Description

For those of you with less time the half day trip will suit you. Travel 21km up river by jet boat to the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge. Once there board your canoe and paddle back down river at your own pace to Pipiriki

Whanganui River

EXPRESS

  • Half Day

Jet boat 10 km up river and 2+ hours of Canoeing

  • Adults $95
    Children $50

Children 7 to 15 (Please note Children must be 7 or older)

Tour Description

For those of you with less time the half day trip will suit you. Travel 10km up river by jet boat to Ngaporo. Once there board your canoe and paddle back down river at your own pace to Pipiriki.

Where

This tour departs from our base in Pipiriki
Corner of Raetihi-Pipiriki Road and Owairau Road

When

Tours depart daily or on demand for groups
Check in time 10.00am or as advised

What to bring

Shower (wind proof) jacket
Suitable clothing for canoeing NO JEANS
Sunglasses are good on the boat
Comfortable walking shoes
Sun Block
Picnic lunch
Drink

We provide

Tea, coffee, milo (hot chocolate), and biscuits which we have at the bridge. NB Explore tour only

All trips include full paddling instructions, jet boat transfer from Pipiriki, canoe, paddles, lifejacket, bailer, map and optional storage barrel.

Check in time

Departing from Pipiriki, our tours to the Bridge to Nowhere run daily. Allow 45 minutes from Ohakune to reach Pipiriki.

How to get to us

Parking

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

Bookings are Essential

Notes

Canoeing for children under 7 years of age is at the discretion of Bridge to Nowhere.
Please read our Terms and Conditions before making a booking. Contact us to discuss.

Our Tours

Jet Boat Tours

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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.

Activities

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.

Accommodation

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

Cabins
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

Tenting
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.
Bar!
The campground was fully upgraded in 2014. Hot showers, Toilets, Glow worms, clothes lines and more...

Information

Terms & Conditions

Cancellation policies
Transfer service
Accommodation including meals
Accommodation only
and Tours

How to find us

Check out our maps section for details of how to get to us

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.