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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 Whanganui National Park. 0800/480–308. www.bridgetonowhere.co.nz.
Spirit of the River Jet. Brent Firmin is a direct descendant of the early Māori of the river and grew up on his family farm close to Pungarehu Marae. His Spirit of the River Jet tours can incorporate a visit to eco-lodge Flying Fox, canoe and jet-boat combos, longer tours upriver to the Bridge to Nowhere, mountain-bike transport, and hunting safaris. Whanganui River Rd., Parakino, Wanganui, 4573. 06/342–5572 or 0800/538–8687. www.spiritoftheriverjet.co.nz.
Whanganui River Adventures. Ken and Josephine Haworth grew up on the river andn now theyrun Pipiriki-based Whanganui River Adventures, which runs tours from Pipiriki to the Bridge to Nowhere and shorter tours to scenic delights such as the Drop Scene, and Manganui o te ao River. They'll also provide transport shuttles for mountain-bikers and kayakers. R.D. 6, Pipirki, Wanganui, 4573. www.whanganuiriveradventures.co.nz.
Whanganui Scenic Experience Jet. Owner and operator (and local farmer) Mark Wickham's Whanganui Scenic Experience Jet tours are flexible and range from 1½ to 8 hours. They can include morning or afternoon tea stops at the Jerusalem Convent and Flying Fox eco-lodge. Tours generally start from the Wickham family farm at Pungarehu, a 20-minute scenic drive from Wanganui city, though city trips can be arranged. Other options include canoe trips (a few hours to a few days) and jet-boat and canoe combos (NZ$100 for 3.5 hours). Whanganui River Rd., Pungarehu, Wanganui. 06/342–5599 or 0800/945–335. www.whanganuiscenicjet.com.
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