Bridge To Nowhere Shuttle & Boat Package
Includes the essential shuttle and boat transport to ride the Bridge To Nowhere / Mangapurua Track. Bike hire is an optional extra.
Trail grades are based on technical difficulty only.
About this Package
The Bridge To Nowhere has been an iconic central north island adventure ride for many years. This mountain bike ride boasts all the characteristics of a good adventure: amazing native bush, rivers, suspension bridges, intriguing history, and a variety of tracks once used by pioneers. There is a long drive into the middle of nowhere just to get started, and at the end of the ride you need to catch a boat to get back to civilisation. The Bridge To Nowhere ride has been upgraded in recent years to become part of the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail which is one of the 23 “Great Rides” of the New Zealand Cycle Trail.
$215 per person if you book 4 or 5 seats
$185 per person if you book 6 or 7 seats
$175 per person if you book 8 to 11 seats
These are the inclusions of the base package. Also see the optional extras below and don’t hesitate to ask us about further customisation.
We will meet you in Ohakune, either at your accommodation or at a location where you can park your car for the day. You will be shuttled about 1hr to the start of the trail at the Ratite Rd End. It is a long winding gravel road. After you get off the boat in Pipiriki later in the day, you will be shuttled 1hr back to Ohakune. Transport is also available from National Park, Taupo and other locations.
Jet Boat Ride
The ride ends at the Mangapurua Landing which is a remote place on the bank of the Whanganui River. There is no road access and no phone reception so you must board a boat to be taken back to road access and your return shuttle. You will board a jet boat (pre-arranged by Tread Routes) and enjoy an amazing 45min ride down the Whanganui River. There is spectacular gorges, cliffs, forest and waterfalls to be seen along the way.
We will give you an Emergency Locator Beacon with satellite tracking to carry during your ride.
Great service and accurate information
We know that communication is important in planing a cycling adventure. We also know you need accurate information about the trail itself. We are riders and guides so know the trail and the logistics intimately. We can answer any of your questions.
Hard tail (front suspension only) $120 for two days
High-end full suspension mountain bikes $240 for two days
E-bikes (electric mountain bikes) are available in hard tail and full suspension models. Contact us for more details
Our bikes are high quality and are serviced between every use. They come standard with flat pedals, but we can fit Shimano SPD pedals for you on request
Having a guide is a great way to maximise the enjoyment of the ride. Our guides will not only show riders the way, they will also brief riders on upcoming trail segments. A guide can explain some of the history and geography of the area. Our guides know the emergency access points and where the hazardous parts of the trail are. Contact us for details and pricing.
We can provide round trip (two-way) transport from National Park, Turangi, Taupo or other central North Island locations.
We can pick up your group from Taupo, Rotorua, or Auckland airports. Contact us for pricing.
Approx. 8am to 6pm including transport time.
There 4 parts your round trip journey for day:
- Shuttle from Raetihi (or Ohakune or Taupo) to the Ruatiti Rd end.
- You ride the 38km Mangapurua track to Bridge To Nowhere followed by the Mangapurua Landing
- Jet boat ride downstream to Pipiriki
- Shuttle from Pipiriki back to Raetihi (or Ohakune or Taupo)
Ask us about guided options for this package.
No accommodation is necessary to complete the ride as it is a day trip.
For the night before or after your ride, consider staying at:
The Station Lodge or Chalets, Ohakune
The Park Travellers Lodge, National Park
Beech Tree Suites, Taupo
A moderate to high fitness level is required for this trail.
The ride is 38km and involves some singeltrack, walking sections, and carrying your bike across narrow suspension bridges. You will be on the trail for 6-7hrs (this includes a little stopped/rest time on the trail).
You will need some mountain biking experience to safely complete this tour.
The Bridget To Nowhere / Mangapurua Track is Grade 3 and includes some rough singletrack towards the end of the ride. If the wet this trail become significantly more challenging because the Papa clay becomes VERY slippery and will stick to every part of your bike. If you are not sure what a Grade 3 trail is like, please visit our Trail Grades page. If you have no mountain biking or off-road cycling experience, this trail is not the best choice. In that case, contact us for suggestions and advise.
The group size for this ride can be anywhere from 2 to 10 people.
Singles will have to join other to make up the minimum numbers. Ask us whether we have others going on the dates you are interested in.
On self-guided trips you are not expected to ride with the other people booked on the trip. It is designed for “at your own pace” riding. You may simply like to catch up with the other riders and share some tales from the trail at the beach or at your accommodation.
On fully guided exclusive tours (where you have a guide dedicated to your group), the guide will informally structure the ride so the group can stay together as much as possible. After all, cycling is a social activity, and we help to ensure it’s fun for everyone.
Can the Taupo or Ohakune accommodation be included?
Yes. We can book it for you at one of our preferred providers. We can discuss options.
Is the boat ride mandatory?
Yes. The Bridge To Nowhere / Mangapurua Track ends at a remote location at the Whanganui River. There is not road access, no phone reception, no shops, only a muddy stair case to the river. The jet boat is the only way out to road access, accommodation, or a shuttle pick up.
Can I hire a bike from you?
Yes. We have hard tail and full suspension models available and will help you choose the right bike for the tour. We can also supply E-bikes. All our bikes are high quality and very well maintained.
Should I hire a guide?
It largely depends on your level of cycling experience and what you aim to get out of the ride. There are a lot of different elements packed into our guiding service: safety management, historical and geographical interpretation, riding skills tips, mechanical skills, emergency management, and more. We know how to help you get the most out of the ride. Contact us for more info.