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Bridge to Nowhere

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Adventure across farmland and native bush to uncover the story of the impressive Bridge to Nowhere

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Distance : 36kms
Grade : 3
Average Time : 4-6 hours [plus a 1 hour jetboat transfer]
Start : Ruatiti [or Whakahoro]
Finish : Pipiriki

 Mangapurua Track closed for winter until 22 Oct

Beginning with a sturdy uphill climb to the Mangapurua Trig, the trail then descends steadily through the Whanganui National Park Forest, along sheer bluffs, through regenerating native forest and finally ends on the banks of the Whanganui river, just past the historic Bridge to Nowhere for a jet boat ride back to civilisation. 

An alternative starting point is from Whakahoro along the Kaiwhakauka track,  a grade 4 ride along a trail with many patches of relatively undisturbed native forest. The Kaiwhakauka track meets up with the Mangapurua Track at the Mangapurua Trig then follows the same route to the landing to meet the pre-arranged boat transfer to Pipiriki.

Ride via Ruatiti Valley or the Kaiwhakauka and along the Mangapurua to the historic valley and “Bridge to Nowhere”.  The iconic pathway connects more sections of the Mountains to Sea – Ngā Ara Tūhono

The Mangapurua track from the Trig to the Bridge to Nowhere (Mountains to Sea – Ngā Ara Tūhono) will be closed to cyclists and other users from Tuesday 8th June (after Queens Birthday weekend).  It is intended to reopen for Labour Weekend ( 22 October 2021).  All other cycle tracks in the area remain open including access to the Trig.  The section to the “Bridge” to Nowhere from the Mangapurua Landing track remains open.

This winter closure is to mitigate safety concerns for our maintenance teams and users with less stable weather and shorter daylight hours.

We advise to check the official track status updates Here.

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