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Reviewed 11 May 2018

It took us 2 hours to drive up the narrow crooked road from Whanganui to Pipiriki where we parked in a residents yard for $10NZD per night. We then were taken up the river in the rain in a jet boat to the trailhead to The Bridge to Nowhere. After walking to the bridge and back about 5.4 kilometers we took the boat back downriver to The Bridge To Nowhere Lodge. The Lodge was a short walk uphill and we left our muddy boots outside. There was a large living room , dining room, outdoor deck with a view of the river and several small rooms down the hall. The rooms were very basic and the bathrooms and showers were across the hall. There was a full bar available but there were no televisions. Dinner and breakfast was included both nights that we were there. We met some nice people from New Zealand and Australia that had arrived on mountain bicycles. They turn the Electric generator off after everyone goes to bed so it is a good idea to take a torch. The second day we just took some hiking trails behind the lodge. We had the option to take a canoe back down the river to Pipiriki but it was cold and a little rainy so we opted to take the jet boat. We are both very experienced with canoes and kayaks but we are in our mid 70's now and didn't want to take a chance of overturning in the rapids by ourselves with no one else around to help us get back in the canoe. All in all it was a worthwhile experience although a little on the expensive side.

  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank DarylJ552
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Reviewed 21 April 2018

A review of the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge must include the jet boat rides and guided walk to the bridge itself - all of which were fantastic. Loved the ride up the river and learning so much about the area's history. The lodge is clean and comfortable with big lounge and deck areas. Dinner was good basic fare and there was plenty of it. Breakfast was a bit basic (and there were no smiles with the service) - it would have been good to have brown bread and a cereal not packed with sugar (eg, porridge would be good). I'll be back again for the canoe trip (which we had to cancel because the rive was too high).

  • Stayed: April 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank BM60
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

After almost missing the landing we were delighted with Ramanui campsite. It had started raining steadily about 30 mins from the camp, so we were soaking wet on arrival. Wonderful to be met at the landing with a quad bike and trailer to get our barrels up the hill. Then another lovely surprise as we had booked a tent site but it was looking like the weather was going to deteriate so we were able to upgrade to a hut. And the hut had the most heavenly mattress's we had ever slept on.
We got a lovely hot shower and wandered up to the Lodge, where we met Bambi. She is lovely and followed us back to the campsite.
I would highly recommend Ramanui Campsite, even in the rain it was beautiful.

Stayed: February 2018, travelled with friends
Thank JoannaW4207
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Reviewed 16 February 2018

we did the mountain biking trip into the lodge to nowhere with a wide range of ages riding as a big family group, the track is super fun and a great insight into the harsh world of some of our returned servicemen. stunning country side capped off with great hosts and a great lodge setting and atmosphere, A must do if a local to NZ or travelling through.

  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled with family
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Thank dougl550
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Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

We took the jet boat to the bridge to no where and had the jet boat pilot drop us at the lodge for 1 night. Our room opened up to the deck. Shared bath rooms but they were never crowded nor was there a wait. Dinner was basic buffet ham chicken bread salad. It is not an all you can eat. But there was enough food for a decent meal. Breakfast was bad. Just dry cereal milk and a small yogurt container. If the other travelers are loud you may need ear plugs to get to sleep early. But that’s traveling so not really a downside. The breakfast was really the down grade here.

Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank karpdog
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