Bridge to Nowhere, Manawatu-Wanganui Region

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You won't find any roads on either side of Bridge to Nowhere, a concrete bridge spanning the Mangapurua Stream in Whanganui National Park. The bridge was originally built to provide access to new open land, mainly for returning World War I soldiers, with the intention of adding roads later. However, the land proved too unsuitable for farming, so the attempt was abandoned and the forest overtook the bridge. Naturally, you cannot drive to the attraction, so choose between biking or hiking on various paths. If those options don't appeal to you, reach the site by water in a kayak. Arrange to visit Bridge to Nowhere and other attractions in Raetihi using our Raetihi trip maker site.
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  • We caught the boat after tramping the Matemateonga track, which took us up to the bridge, per whanganui river adventures. This was well worth it, with such beautiful scenery. Ken gave us excellent.....  more »
  • We took the Stay and Play option with a jet boat ride up to the Mangapurua Landing, 40 minute walk into the Bridge to Nowhere, and jet boat back the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge for the night. Surprised.....  more »
  • Beautiful ride. We did this in less than four hours. My favorite part was the first 20 kms, the first 10 km is the climb then its beautiful downhill. The climb isn't too bad, overall the ride was 500m elevation. Thereafter, it moves to single track. Make sure you are organized as you need a shuttle in, boat out and then another shuttle. Pack lots of water and snacks!
  • A great day outing jet boat ride and walk was good 2.7km each way and it took us an easy 40 minutes and we are both over 80 but less than85

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