Excellent everything, from the food to the accommodation to the hosts. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly
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Jet boat to the landing and walk to the bridge, then we were dropped off below the lodge and paddled back to Pipiriki. Great trip, Sean (our guide) was excellent. Wanted to do the overnight trip at the Lodge, but it was fully booked.
We booked by email and our booking was confirmed within days. The jet boat was on time and the ride was wonderful. The river is wide and the surrounding bush beautiful. The walk to the bridge was lovely and we saw fresh pig rooting along the way. Our guide was laid back but able to answer any questions. We were... More
Thanks for your review. Yes Bobbie used to have a coffee shop at our base in Pipiriki but closed it years ago. The name Coffee Shop seems to have stuck though! Definitely need a warm coat on the boat during the Autumn months. The history of the area is very interesting and quite sad. If you are into history the... More
A wonderful river journey from start to finish (Pipiriki - jetboat to Mangaparua Landing - paddle to Lodge - stay - paddle back to Pipiriki). Joe, Darryl and team were a huge part of what made it so enjoyable for us - they truly look after their guests like family.
We had Dave as our jet boat driver and knowledgeable guide. After getting us kitted up with life-jackets and going through the safety info we were off up the river. The river was quite high after all the recent rain and the cliffs were laced with many waterfalls. After an hour or so we reached the Mangaparua Landing and walked... More
Hi There Linda Good to hear that you enjoyed your tour with Dave. Hes a great tour guide and we are lucky to have him! He is known as "Donut Dave"! The river is really magical with all the waterfalls after it has been raining! It has so many moods that the river can be quite different from one visit... More
Getting to the Bridge to Nowhere can be done in 2 ways. By canoe/kayak down the Whanganui river or via jet boat up the river. In case you take the first option, visiting the bridge is a must-do on your trip. The bridge itself is about a 40 minute walk off the boat landing and leads you through some rugged... More
Pretty amazing what was achieved in building the Bridge, no diggers, bulldozers or cranes just determination. Glad you appreciated the history of the area! Thanks for taking the time to write a review! Mandy :) More
Fantastic ride through some incredible NZ backcountry. We had perfect weather and the track was in great condition, I imagine it would be a much tougher ride in the wet! The jet boat ride out with Dave was awesome, a great guy who explained some of the history of the area on the way down and was very helpful. Bridge... More
We took the full day jet boat tour up to the Bridge to Nowhere trailhead and took it back to partway down the river and canoed back to Pipiriki, which we would totally recommend! Canoeing at the end makes it more of a special experience. This was the only tour that we saw that had the combined jet boat/canoe tour.... More
Thanks for your review. Yes canoeing the river is amazing brings a whole different perspective to the area. Not sure what food was provided for you as we don't generally do picnics unless you are staying at the Lodge! We have had many comments about how generous our picnics are for $ 15. Sandwiches, fruit, chippies, home baking muffins etc.... More
We arrived early at the Pipiriki meeting place for the jetboat tour up the Whanganui River. Dave (our captain) arrived at about 10.30am already having done a trip up the river. They are busy people!! After having been issued with life jackets we all trapsed down the hill to the river. Once aboard, and having had the safety talk, we... More
Great review thanks. Yes we are very lucky to have Dave as one of our crew. He loves his job and it shows! Hope you can come back and visit some other time! Maybe stay at the Lodge! Cheers Mandy More
We stayed here as an alternative to the DOC hut while doing the 3 day Whanganui River canoe trip. The campsite was terrific, Darryl met us with his quad bike and trailer to take our barrels to the cabin. There was a hot shower, the cabin had plenty of space and a great view over the river. The camp kitchen... More
Thanks for your great review it is always good to get feed back which I will pass on to Darryl. He does a tremendous job of looking after the campground. He takes great pride in going the extra mile and providing service for our campers! Mandy :) More
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