Whanganui River Day Tours | Boating Adventures | Bridge to Nowhere

Bridge to Nowhere
Jet Boat Tours

  • 4 to 4.5 hours
  • Adults $140
    Children $70

Under 5’s (Accompanied by an Adult FREE)

Children are aged 7 to 15 

Bridge to Nowhere
Jet Boat Tours

Tour Description

Travel 30km (1 hour) upstream into the middle reaches of the Whanganui River. Pristine native bush cloaks the banks and you will see deep gorges covered with ferns, caves, rapids and other unique and amazing scenery. See the world famous Drop Scene, the Dress Circle and the ancient pegs used by the river boat crew to help them negotiate these waters over 100 years ago. Continuing on deeper into this wilderness area you’ll arrive at the Mangapurua Landing.

Whanganui River Views

Your walk to the Bridge to Nowhere begins here. The easy walk follows an old road and takes approximately 40 minutes. Continue on through the bush until you arrive at the historic “Bridge to Nowhere” – gateway to the “Valley of Abandoned Dreams”.
Bring a picnic lunch to have at the Bridge and enjoy tales of the historic Mangapurua Valley and its pioneering people. A return walk to the boat and trip down river to Pipiriki completes this unique experience.

Suitable for all ages.

Lunch at the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge

Lunch at the Lodge

Get a group (minimum of 10) together and make a day of it! As an optional part of your Bridge to Nowhere adventure enjoy a delicious lunch at the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge. Stroll around our property, be amused by our animals or just sit on the balcony and watch the river float by.

Lunch option – additional prices from $15.00 pp on top of tour price.

Contact Bridge to Nowhere for jet boat tours in Whanganui.
Visit us and explore jet boating adventures on the Whanganui river.

Join Joe or Ben ( your driver-guide) on one of our “Bridge to Nowhere” jet boat tours


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


Daily check in time 10.00am or as advised

What to bring

Shower (wind proof) jacket
Suitable clothing for the time of year
Sunglasses are good on the boat
Comfortable walking shoes
Picnic lunch

We provide

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

How to get to us


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
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Jet Boat & Canoe Tours

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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...

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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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How to find us

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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.