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Bridge to Nowhere Overnight Retreat Package


Price from £138 per person

Join your Bridge To Nowhere Lodge And Tours guide in Pipiriki to commence a 2 day / 1 night Overnight Retreat Package. Pipiriki is a tiny, historic village nestled on the banks of the Whanganui River. Travelling upstream into the middle reaches of the Whanganui you feel as if time has stood still. Pristine native bush cloaks the banks and you will see deep gorges covered with ferns, caves, rapids and other unique and amazing scenery. The guide will share stories of the Awa (Maori for “river”) with you and show you some of the secrets of this historic and cultural icon. See the world famous Drop Scene, the Dress Circle, Sulphur Springs and the ancient pegs used by the river boat crew to help them negotiate the treacherous Ngaporo Rapids.

Along the way you will stop at the Mangaio Gorge and the Manganui-O-Te-Au River - home to the endangered blue duck. Continue on deeper into this wilderness area before arriving at your destination, the Mangapurua Landing. Upon alighting from your boat, take a moment to gaze around you: down into the deep clear river and up at the steep bush covered banks. Hear the sounds and feel the total peace and tranquility as you step back in time. Walk up the track, hear the tuis and bellbirds, and catch a glimpse of wood pigeons or goats. 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, complimented by the tea/coffee and biscuits supplied, and enjoy tales from the guide of the historic Mangapurua Valley and its pioneering people. The boat will then bring you to the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge for dinner and an overnight stay. Take a stroll after dark to discover the glowworms and listen for the distinctive call of the endangered native Kiwi.

Overnight Accommodation is at the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge.

After breakfast in the morning, the boat will bring you back to Pipiriki. Tour concludes at approximately 9.30am or 2.30pm, at Pipiriki.

Departs daily from Pipiriki

Breakfast on day 2
Dinner on day 1
Guided Jet Boat Tour
Jet Boat transfer from and to Pipiriki
Accommodation for 1 night
Hotel pick up/drop off
Lunch on day 1 and 2