Bridge to Nowhere Lodge and Tours

Bridge to Nowhere Lodge and Tours


We hope to have our online booking system up on our website at the same time as DOC are opening, so book with DOC then book your canoes.
If paddling from Whakahoro over 3 days, we recommend Night One John Coull, and Night Two either the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge and Tours or Tieke. If you are a large group, with lots of kids (minimum age 7) we recommend doing from Whakahoro over 4 days, Night One Ohauora, Night Two Mangawaiiti and Night Three Bridge to Nowhere Lodge and Tours or Tieke. Remember, even if you are booked into Huts/Lodges along the way, you will need to bring some type of tent/shelter as you would expect - if you are going into the Outdoors you need to be prepared.
Heading up the Mangapurua / Kaiwhakauka this weekend - we've had a bit of rain (64mm at the trig). Please check with your pre-booked jet boat operator that they are running - and you have the right gear. (Knobbly tyres, warm gear, PLB etc) (If in doubt check our website

We're working on getting a track inspection done as well.
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We had the best mid-paddle stay at the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge on the Whanganui River! Fabulous food, comfy beds, amazing views and true kiwi hospitality! Thank you for a trip of a lifetime!
Labour weekend = Mangapurua Open from this Friday!

The team at Department of Conservation , Impel 2010 Limited and Ruapehu District Council have been working hard on the trail, and its riding mint!
Expect some mud in places.
Book your shuttle and jetboat. Pack your gear. Check your bike.

Opens Friday 22 October.

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A reminder to riders, construction is in progress on the Mangapurua.

**If you are asked to stop for a short period, please do so...this is for the safety of you and the construction teams (who are working on making this a better ride). The team know you want to get on...and will do their best to get you on your way... (and the jetboat operators keep an eye on the flow to get you to your next stop too)
**The actions of some riders are putting the continued opening of the trail at risk...and we don't want to Department of Conservation to close the trail disrupting your epic journey.

Thanks for

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One more post for today about our awesome visitors ;) Today we helped Martin Henderson ride the Bridge to Nowhere Bike Track,
He was briefed with us at the Raetihi Holiday Park, Hired a bike from TCB Ski Board & Bike, Was shuttled this morning by DEMPSEY BUSES LTD, then in the afternoon by us, and had a jet boat pick up by Bridge to Nowhere Lodge and Tours . In small communities like ours we all work together every day and provide fantastic adventures for our visitors :)

#MartinHenderson (thanks for letting us share your pics, and thanks for coming for the ride today)
The days are longer & the sun is shining!

We have the perfect break for summer to get out and enjoy some spectacular scenery along the Whanganui River! A great chance to tick some places off your bucket list too.

6 day / 5 night Whanganui River Experience Package
25th February - 2nd March 2021
* Travel is by Intercity Coach
* Overnight at the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge and Tours on the banks of the River with dinner & breakfast.
* Jet Boat & Walk to the Bridge to Nowhere
* 3 nights at The Rutland Arms Inn, Whanganui with breakfast
* Day tour of Whanganui with a Cruise on the Paddle Steamer Waimarie
* Overnight in Taumarunui with breakfast
* Tokirima 10 Tunnel Tour with Forgotten World Adventures
* Visit to Lavender & Alpaca Farms

From $1,387.00 per person double
From $1,420.00 twin share
From $1,656.00 single

$200.00 deposit required to secure your place
Only 8 seats remaining

Contact 07 871 3259 or email [email protected] for more information or to book.

Conditions apply, pricing and availability subject to change & COVID restrictions
Ngawwww we just got this lovely email. Our guests did a big family trip, and wanted their elderly father/grandfather to come with them. Sometimes the trip can be a little difficult for elderly as there are long paddling days, no phone reception, and heavy barrels to carry to campsites. We recommended the grandfather meet Bridge to Nowhere Lodge and Tours and jet boat upstream to meet the family on their second night, and paddle down with them on the last day of the trip. He still got to see plenty of the river, and spend time with family - without the added risk of the upper river.

Hi Rebecca and Mandy,

On behalf of the ##### family, I'd just like to thank you both for your professional service and great communication regarding our canoe trip this week. We all enjoyed ourselves (apart from some inevitable snorers in the huts!), and are taking away some great family memories. It was a perfect solution to have Noel jetboat up to meet us at the Bridge, so we appreciate your guidance there.

Please pass on our thanks to the guys that drove us in/out and set us up with the gear and paddling training for our adventure.

Kind regards,
Thank you Jonathon for a wonderful day. Also for your patients with us 6 cute old girls. Wonderful history lesson and guidance
Who else is planning big adventures over the long weekend? If you're looking for some high-speed thrills, Whanganui has got you covered.

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A fabulous day riding the Mangapurua Track to the Bridge to Nowhere. Thanks for the excellent organisation of the shuttles at the start and finish plus the jet boat on the river. The drivers were funny and informative. Helped make a great day.
Kia ora Joe and Mandy here is one from the weekend as the boat went past Puraroto. I see Michael Poa training on board.

Bridge to Nowhere Lodge and Tours, Whanganui River Bridge to Nowhere offer you a complete Whanganui River experience including lodge accomodation, jet/canoe tours, and transport to and from tramping and mountain bike tracks,

For your total "adventure on the Whanganui River" let us show you the natural and cultural heritage of the Whanganui National Park.

Operating as usual


Can't get much better than this! 🚁🥂
Contact Mid West Helicopters NZ to book your trip today

Does this look like a bit of you....🥂☀ sitting on the deck at the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge and Tours with a glass of their finest...🍷 not a bad way to spend the weekend with a helicopter drop off and pick up. Give Chris a call 027 771 5133 for options and details 🚁

Scenic Flights 24/12/2021

Scenic Flights

This summer Mid West Helicopters have teamed up with the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge and Tours to provide some cool new packages to help encourage everyone to explore our backyard!

So get the team together and do something new this summer 🚁🚤

• Departing at 10am from Whanganui Airport
• Fly along the Whanganui river and enjoy some spectacular scenery – (and on a clear day – views of mount Ruapehu) - to the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge
• Jetboat the Wanganui River
• Bush walk to the famous “Bridge to Nowhere”
• Return flight to Whanganui.

The ultimate day trip for just $799 per person!

Why not make it an overnight retreat and stay the night at the remote Bridge to Nowhere Lodge nestled deep in pristine native bush overlooking the mighty River?

Email [email protected]
or call 0800 MIDWEST to book now!
*T’s & C’s and minimum numbers apply"

Scenic Flights Mid West Helicopters NZ is New Zealand’s newest Helicopter Company made up of some old and familiar company names. What was originally Hill Country Helicopters and Aerowork has merged and rebranded with an energetic, enthusiastic team providing all types of Helicopter services to the central and l...


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Jet Boat Driver - Tour Guide (seasonal) | Trade Me Jobs 15/12/2021

Jet Boat Driver - Tour Guide (seasonal) | Trade Me Jobs

Jet Boat Driver - Tour Guide (seasonal) | Trade Me Jobs Bridge to Nowhere is a tourism business based in the wilderness region of the Whanganui River/National Park. We have a small friendly team and take pride in sho...

Lodge Housekeeper Plus | Trade Me Jobs 15/12/2021

Lodge Housekeeper Plus | Trade Me Jobs

Lodge Housekeeper Plus | Trade Me Jobs Do you love a challenge. Are you an energetic person, enthusiastic housekeeper, happy to help in the kitchen, a general all rounder and a person who enjoys pro...

Photos from Mountain Bike Station's post 11/12/2021

Photos from Mountain Bike Station's post


Are you looking for a Summer seasonal position as a housekeeper with a difference?

We are looking for someone to come up to our remote Bridge to Nowhere Lodge and be part of the small and motivated team providing a fun but professional environment for our guests.

Our Lodge is in the wilderness region of the Whanganui River 21km up river by jet boat from Pipiriki.

If you are hard working, honest, reliable and don’t mind being away from home for a few days a week over summer this could be for you.

Requirements are to be able to make up beds, do lots of housework and prepare or help prepare meals for our guests. Work independently but also as a team.

This is a live in position which involves staying up the river 3+ nights a week.. You will need to be able to work rostered days including public holidays and weekends when necessary.

The ideal candidate will have a warm friendly outgoing personality. Will be an enthusiastic cleaner, energetic and reliable. Love the outdoors.

As part of our employment requirements you must have a NZ drivers license.

This is a seasonal job running from Dec 2021 through to May 2022 with the opportunity to carry out further seasonal work if interested.

We have a number of positions available from 3-4 days a week over the season to casual workers as required.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.


Are you planning to ride the epic Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail?
Have you thought about booking your jet boat and accommodation for the Mangapurua / Bridge to Nowhere section of the track?
We can help you with all your jet boat and accommodation needs. We can collect you from the Mangapurua Landing and jet boat you 30 km down to Pipiriki
$ 95 per rider.
If you would like to stay up the river Bridge to Nowhere Lodge is ideally situated 9km down river from the Mangapurua Landing where you finish your ride. You can either jet boat to the Lodge or canoe for 1.5 hours. Spoil yourself with dinner, bed and breakfast or choose the self catering option. Enjoy a well deserved drink from our licensed bar.
The following morning continue on down to Pipiriki either by canoe or jetboat. Then enjoy your ride down the River Road and on to Whanganui.

Photos from Mountains to Sea NZ's post 19/02/2021

Chad and his crew have been staying with us at Bridge to Nowhere Lodge while they have been doing the fencing. Joe takes them up river every morning and collects then every night. Lots of holes that had to be dug awesome work guys.


Check out our Mountain Biking Packages -
We offer full and multi day packages - with awesome unique accommodation and transport options - or call us today for more information - Call free on 0800 480 308


Bridge to Nowhere Lodge and Tours's cover photo


Bridge to Nowhere Lodge and Tours's cover photo 17/11/2020

Lodge Cleaner - kitchen hand

Still looking for the right person to join our team. Bridge to Nowhere is a tourism business based in the wilderness region of the Whanganui River/National Park.


Busy day on the Mangapurua Track today with 40 bikers. Some staying with us up the river tonight at Bridge to Nowhere Lodge. The others we jet boated to Pipiriki.

Today was awesome!! We love to challenge ourselves, and this morning definitely did that!! As well as our canoeists; we had 40 Mountain bikers, some arriving at our Holiday Park, some we picked up from Horopito, and some we picked up from National Park. The majority rode the Mangapurua Track to the Bridge to Nowhere. One group of Super Humans rode Fishers Track, we transported them to Whakahoro, they rode the Kaiwhakauka, then down the Mangapurua to the Bridge to Nowhere Jet Boat. Once all the rider's are gone I think I will follow their lead and have a cold beer!! 30/10/2020

Lodge Cook - Housekeeper Bridge to Nowhere is a tourism business based in the wilderness region of the Whanganui River/National Park.


Great to have the Mangapurua Track open and the bikers starting to come through. Been a busy few days.😀

Our first group of riders back from the Bridge to Nowhere Cycle Trail today (pic taken after they cleaned their bikes ;) ) Thanks for riding with us today - and the feedback of the track is that it was an awesome ride, and DOC have done a really good job ;)


Raetihi Holiday Park

Fantastic news from DOC!!!! After a tough Winter, with a large slip part way through the Mangapurua/Bridge to Nowhere cycle trail, after a lot of hard work the trail will be open again this weekend. DOC has asked that we share this safety information to anyone planning to do the trip, and that riders keep in mind it will be quite muddy from the diggers that have been in there.
- New section of track will be muddy and slippery
- Instructions must be followed to walk bikes through designated areas with their bike between them and the fall hazard.
- Please encourage cyclists to err on the side of caution and ride within their ability
- The warm and dry weather also impacts the bluff sections and could see fritter or debris come down.
- Do not linger along the bluff sections
We offer Mountain Bike Hire, Accommodation, and shuttles to and from the Bridge to Nowhere Track, and can help you organize your jet boat trip too.


Labour weekend on the Whanganui River. Enjoy a slice of New Zealand paradise


Contact us to ask about our Family Package Specials -


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Today is Wednesday - so we are going to share some Photos from Waaayyy back!! Over the next few weeks we will share some photos from our own past, telling how we came to be canoe operators - and even from some of our grandparents - who have some awesome stories of their own ❤️❤️
This Wednesday, we are also celebrating the birthday of Joe Adam; Ben's dad - and one of the main reasons we are working on the Whanganui River.
Joe owns the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge and Tours - one of the most amazing spots in New Zealand! (you need to stay there while canoeing with us)! Ben has been helping Joe out driving jet boats and working by his side on and off since he was 15 year's old.
Sometimes, while sitting at the breakfast table with Ben and Joe I feel like I am going a little mad. . . They can sit there silently and seem to have an entire conversation at the same time - they both stand up at exactly the same time with exactly the same plan in mind without having spoken a word :o
Joe has helped Ben and I grow as operators over the years, always ready to give us advice - or a bit of a laugh. He has battled through so many obstacles over the years, but doesn't give up - definitely someone for us all to look up to with everything happening in the world at the moment.
Very Happy Birthday to you Joe - Ps. these photo's aren't from that waaaaayyyyy back - so if anyone has any older pic's of Joe feel free to add some,
I'm sure he would appreciate it 😉🤣❤️


FORGOTTEN HIGHWAYS - Of the Whanganui River, Explored by Mountain Bike and Packraft.

For I am the river, and the river is me...
“Let us show you our world”

Here is a great short film that gives you a glimpse of "our back yard"
by Deane Parker- Adventure channel.

'Forgotten Highways', a film of adventure and cultural discovery set in the Whanganui District. The film premiered at the 2020 NZ Mountain Film Festival, having received a 'Special Judges Award'. The film is a journey through a challenging landscape following the historical trails to and from one of NZ's most significant rivers (or Awa).

'Forgotten Highways', a film of adventure and cultural discovery set in the Whanganui District. The film premiered at the 2020 NZ Mountain Film Festival, hav...


FORGOTTEN HIGHWAYS- Of the Whanganui River, Explored by Mountain Bike and Packraft. TEASER

Check out this epic teaser for "Forgotten Highways" by Deane Parker- Adventure channel. We cant wait to see the full film when its released later this year. Great work guys!

'Forgotten Highways', a film of adventure and cultural discovery is premiering and the 2020 NZ Mountain Film Festival, having received a 'Special Judges Awar...


Stuck for a gift idea during lockdown? How about a Bridge to Nowhere voucher!!! Lots of options avaliable for next summer including jet boat, Bridge to Nowhere tour, canoeing and accommodation. Check out our website for more details


Congratulations Gary Clunie, please contact [email protected] to book your Bridge to Nowhere Jet Boat Tour.
For everyone else - thank you for entering our competition.
Happy Valentines Day!!!


Missing Dog


Missing from Pipiriki , Whanganui River since
Sunday 2 Feb 20

Bug is a small dog, tan in colour with a shaggy coat. She is very friendly.

Bug is well known in the Pipiriki area and up the river.
Contact Mandy or Joe 0800 480 308



We will announce the winner of the Bridge to Nowhere Jet Boat Tour today!!!

Check back soon

The Bridge to Nowhere Lodge and Tours Team


Had a great trip up to Whakahora to collect John and his group of bikers. Back to Bridge to Nowhere Lodge for the night. Awesome day.


It was great to have the Hurrell family up here. Lovely to get to know you all. Thanks for the yummy curry.


Doing the dishes really isn't that bad with a view like that


Was great to have the Canelas guys all the way from Lisbon Portugal stay with us for a couple of nights during their trip round NZ


Bit of a damp day for Tour Aotearoa walker Erin Roughton but he still had a smile on his face. A quick stop at the lodge for a coffee then jet boat ride down to Pipiriki and on his way.


Great mixed group of mountain bikers and others who came on the jet boat and did the Bridge to Nowhere tour. Beautiful weather for them to do the canoeing today. Lots of laughs and fun times!


The Mangapurua Track Is Open

We are excited to announce that the Mangapurua Mountain Bike track has now officially reopened. Just in time for all of the TA riders to come through this amazing part of NZ. The track has been reassessed as a Grade 4 track.

Please remember that you will need to catch a jet boat at the end of the track from the Mangapurua Landing down to Pipiriki.

Please book your jet boat ride in advance. Give us a call when you are in Taumarunui 0800 480 308 to make a booking or find out about our pick up times, accommodation and other options please email [email protected]

Safe travels
Mandy and Joe
Bridge to Nowhere Lodge and Tours
0800 480 308


Bridge to Nowhere Lodge and Tours

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For all enquiries call us on 06 385 4622 or 0800 480 308. We are available 7 days a week.

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