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Experience deep gorges masked in native bush and banks encased with ferns, caves and waterfalls on this full day JetBoat experience on the majestic Whanganui River. Visit the iconic Bridge to Nowhere, the bridge built with the promise of opening up land for pioneering farmers, but the region proved too remote and roads to the bridge were never completed.

This tour departs from our Taumarunui depot.

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Trip details


Price :  $350  per person, $1200 per family  (2 Adults, 2 Children - child to be aged over 3 years and under 15)

Time :  Depart 8:00am from our Taumarunui Depot.  Arrive back at our Taumarunui depot approx 4:00pm.

The Adventure :  Your ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ journey departs from the upper most region of the Whanganui River in Taumarunui. Travelling down stream you’ll pass through King Country farmland and bush clad hills then into the middles reaches of the Whanganui National Park.

Within the Whanganui National Park you’ll see deep gorges masked in native bush,banks encased with ferns, caves and waterfalls.

See remnants of the days when the river was used by steamboats and of early settlement.  Arrive at the Mangaparua landing - gateway to the infamous Bridge to Nowhere. Take a beautiful and easy 40 minute native bush walk to the bridge.

Here you can sit and relax, and imagine what it must have been like to live there for the early pioneering families

Then it is off to find a picnic spot for lunch before the return journey with time to enjoy the scenery and plentiful bird life.


Our summer season schedule can be found from October onwards.

Schedule is subject to change.



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Important information

Included in your day

Jet Boat, Shuttles, lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments

What to bring:

In this region the weather is changeable and it’s best to prepare for all conditions no matter the season  

Clothing that can be layered, including warm thermal/merino clothing with a good wind/rain jacket or shell is ideal

We suggest you have the following:

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Water and extra snacks if required - we provide lunch and morning and afternoon tea snacks
  • Windproof jacket with hood even in fine weather
  • Hat, scarf and gloves
  • Sturdy footwear with warm socks
  • Pack a rainproof coat and over-trousers
  • Any personal medication as required

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