Bridge To Nowhere Lodge and Tours

Phone: 06 385 4622 - Toll Free 0800 480 308

Bridge to Nowhere Tour

Join Joe, Shane or Matt (your driver-guide) on one of our "Bridge to Nowhere" jet boat tours
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.

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.


Joe and Mandy would like to welcome you to our privately owned 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.

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.

BTN Campground facilities include:
4 cabins Tent sites Picnic Tables
Cook House Gas BBQs Clothes Lines
Hot Shower Toilets Glow worms

Running water - please boil all drinking water

Whanganui River Tours & Activities

Bridge to Nowhere Tour

  • Adult $ 140
  • Children 5-15 years $ 70
  • Under 5 years free