Jet-boat Tours in The Whanganui River and Whanganui National Park
Bridge to Nowhere. Jet-boat trips run from Pipiriki to the Bridge to Nowhere (a four-hour trip) and other natural and historic sights. The company offers a host of other river activities: canoeing, canoe/jet-boat combos, accommodation at Bridge to Nowhere Lodge, and transport for mountain bikers tackling the Bridge to Nowhere section of the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail. 0800/480–308. www.bridgetonowhere.co.nz.
Whanganui River Adventures. Ken and Josephine Haworth grew up on the river and now run a Pipiriki-based company with tours to the Bridge to Nowhere as well as shorter trips to such scenic delights as the Drop Scene and Manganui o te Ao River. They also provide shuttles for mountain bikers, canoeists, and hikers and have a café and delightfully landscaped campground on the grounds of the former Pipiriki School. R.D. 6, Pipirki, Wanganui, 4573. www.whanganuiriveradventures.co.nz.
Whanganui Scenic Experience Jet. Owned and operated by local farmer Mark Wickham, this outfit offers 1½- to 5-hour tours that can include morning or afternoon tea stops at scenic and historic spots along the river. Trips generally start from the Wickham family farm, a scenic 30-minute drive from Wanganui city, though city trips can be arranged. Overnight parking for campervans is available. Other options include canoe trips (a few hours to a few days) and jet-boat and canoe combos. 1195 Whanganui River Rd., Wanganui. 06/342–5599 or 0800/945–335. www.whanganuiscenicjet.com.
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