Bridge to Nowhere Tours - Jet Boat
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Whanganui River Adventure Tours & Accommodation

Whanganui River Day Tours | Boating Adventures | Bridge to Nowhere

Bridge to Nowhere
Jet Boat Tour

Bookings are Essential

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.


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.

Additional Options

See below for a list of additional options to enhance your visit to the Bridge to Nowhere 

Bridge to Nowhere Tour
Lunch at the Lodge

Lunch at the Lodge

Get a group (minimum of 16) 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 $25.00 pp
on top of tour price.
Add Lunch

Bridge to Nowhere Tour


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

Adults $200
Children $100

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

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.
Full Day

Bridge to Nowhere Tour
Overnight stay at the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge

Stay & Play
The Works

$455 per Adult
$250 per Child

(Children 15 and Under)

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.
2 Days