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!

We recommend you start my taking a look at this beautiful 7-minute video, produced by the BBC.


Bridge to Nowhere Lodge.

Our suggestion for those wanting to get to the very heart of the Whanganui River is to stay at the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge.

The Lodge offers a range of accommodation options, up to a maximum of 25 guests, so early booking is essential.

Perched high above the river, and surrounded by native forest and farmlands, it doesn't get much better than this.

To get you to the lodge, we'll direct you to the tiny river village of Pipiriki and from there we'll arrange a transfer on the lodge’s jet boat service. 

Or you might choose to travel by canoe or by helicopter. But driving in, is impossible.


The remote and beautiful Whanganui National Park.


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


Prince Harry of England (as he was known then) enjoys The Whanganui River.

There's so much to explore and enjoy at the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge that you'll need 2-days (1-night) to immerse yourself in what will be an unforgettable experience.

Just watch that BBC video again and you'll see why!



Our New Zealand specialists who know all there is to know about getting the most out of your Whanganui River visit are Jane ([email protected]) or Lindsay ([email protected]). 

Lindsay Barron

Lindsay Barron • Jan 16, 2020