Whanganui River Day Tours | Boating Adventures | Bridge to Nowhere

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. The scenery is fantastic and the paddling is classed as easy.

Stay & Play
The Works

  • 2 Days (1 Night)

Package Description

  • $370 Adults
    $190 Children

Children aged 7 – 15 years

Starting from Pipiriki jet boat 30 km up the Whanganui River. Enjoy a peaceful 40 minute walk through the native bush arriving at the world famous Bridge to Nowhere. Bring your own picnic lunch – we’ll supply the tea and coffee. After lunch, lie back and listen to the sounds of the bush, the birds, and see nature at its finest. Your guide will share stories of the river and of years gone by. Return to the river and board your canoe for an 1 hour and half (approx) journey to the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge and Camp-ground.

Spend the night at the lodge and enjoy a buffet meal, cosy bed and bush breakfast the next day. Return to Pipiriki in your canoe, a 4 hour journey.

We provide

Dinner, accommodation (Queen or Twin share room), breakfast, Bridge to Nowhere tour, canoeing day one and day two.

You will need to bring

Overnight bag and clothes

Whanganui River

Stay & Play
Backpacker

  • 2 Days (1 Night)

Package Description

  • $265 Adults
    $165 Children

Children aged 7 – 15 years

This option has exactly the same activities as “The Works”, the difference is, the accommodation in this package is in our bunk rooms and you’ll have to bring and cook your own food.

We will still make sure you are looked after just as well as any of the others staying at the lodge!

We provide

Twin share or bunkroom accommodation, the use of all the Lodges facilities including a fully equipped kitchen, the Bridge to Nowhere jet boat tour, canoeing day one and day two.

You will need to bring

Your own food and sleeping bag (bedding) and towel.

Stay & Play
Back to Nature

  • 2 Days (1 Night)

Package Description

  • $240 Adults
    $140 Children

Children aged 7 – 15 years

The activities are exactly the same as above, the difference is the accommodation in this package is at our campground on the banks of the Whanganui RIver. You will sleep in one of our newly built cabins with luxurious new mattresses.

We provide

You will have the use of all the campgrounds facilities including hot showers, BBQ, out door kitchen with gas hobs.

You will need to bring

Your own sleeping bag (bedding) food and camping gear (pots, plates, cups cutlery etc) If you don’t have this we have limited gear available to rent..

Stay & Play
The Great Outdoors

  • 2 Days (1 Night)

Package Description

  • $225 Adults
    $125 Children

Children aged 7 – 15 years

The activities are exactly the same as above, the difference is the accommodation in this package is at our campground on the banks of the Whanganui River.

We provide

You will have the use of all the campgrounds facilities including hot showers, BBQ, out door kitchen with gas hobs.

You will need to bring

Your own tent to sleep in along with your sleeping bag (bedding) food and camping gear (pots, plates, cups cutlery etc) If you don’t have this we have limited rental gear available.

Stay & Play Information

Where & When

Tours depart daily from our base in Pipiriki or on demand for larger groups. Check in time is 10.00am or as advised. Allow 45 minutes from Ohakune to reach Pipiriki. 

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
Overnight bag

We Provide

Tea, coffee, milo (hot chocolate), and biscuits which we have at the bridge.
All trips include full paddling instructions, jet boat transfer from Pipiriki canoe, paddles, lifejacket, bailer, map and optional storage barrel

Parking

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

Please Note

Canoeing for children under 7 years of age is at the discretion of Bridge to Nowhere.
Please contact us to discuss.

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

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

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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.