An Amazing New Zealand River - The Whanganui River

This BBC documentary has to be seen for two reasons. Firstly, for the fascinating story of the Whanganui River and how it was given the same legal identity as a person. Secondly, to see some of the magnificent video camera work that brings this beautiful North Island river alive. We've added some ideas of our own about how you can include a hands-on experience of the river for yourself!

After watching this beautiful video, we have made some suggestions about how time on the Whanganui River can be included in your New Zealand vacation. 


Our favorite option is to make a stay at the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge, located deep in the Whanganui National Park wilderness region. The Lodge offers a range of accommodation options, but it's popular and can only take a maximum of 25 guests, so early booking is essential.

Perched high above the river and surrounded by native forest, it doesn't get much better than this for experiencing the North Island wilderness at its very best. 

We'll get you to the small village of Pipiriki and from there the only access is by the lodge’s jet boat service. Or you might choose to travel by canoe, by foot or by helicopter. But driving in, is impossible.



This is the Bridge to Nowhere, a bridge with no access road! 

There's so much to explore and enjoy at the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge that it's going to take 3-days (2-nights) out of your New Zealand itinerary. 


For those with time restrictions we can arrange a half-day excursion on the river by canoe or jet-boat, just like this individual who has been in the news a lot lately, Prince Harry of England  

But watch that BBC video again and you'll see why these 3-days will be one of the highlights of your New Zealand vacation.

Our New Zealand specialists who know all there is to know about getting the most out of your Whanganui River visit are [email protected] or [email protected] Contact them today.

Lindsay Barron

Lindsay Barron • Jan 16, 2020