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Whanganui National Park & the Bridge to Nowhere

New Zealand's 11th National Park, Whanganui is rich in both Maori and European history and offers many attractions for visitors and locals. With a selection of one to four day walking tracks, cycle trails and canoe trips, the area offers a wide variety of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts from thrill seekers to families.

Built in 1936, the Bridge to Nowhere stands as a poignant memorial to the abandoned hopes and dreams of the returning World War I servicemen who settled in this remote area.  Transforming virgin native forest into farmland, the endeavours of these pioneer settlers provide this area with a unique history.  Though initially prosperous, the farms were eventually forsaken due to the area's difficult access for trading and the onset of the Great Depression.

 Bridge to Nowhere in Whanganui National Park

With few roads leading into the park, it is accessed mainly via the Whanganui River and the towns and villages of Taumarunui, Whakahoro and Pipiriki.  Operators provide pick up and drop off or vehicle storage services.

  • Paddle the Whanganui River, New Zealand's longest navigable river
  • See and hear a wide range of native birds including tui, kereru and piwakawaka
  • Visit the iconic Bridge to Nowhere on foot or by bike

 

 Did you know?

This area was the setting for international movie 'River Queen' featuring Kiefer Sutherland and Samantha Morton.

 View the movie trailer here.