IntroductionWalk to an abandoned bridge in the heart of the Whanganui National Park.
Jetboat transport is required to access the beginning of the track. From the Mangapurua Landing on the Whanganui River, follow the Mangapurua Stream to an abandoned bridge.
There are two ways to access the bridge site, either by a gentle 40 minute walk from the Mangapurua Landing on the Whanganui River (boat transport required up the river) or by the Mangapurua Track, accessible from either Whakahoro or Ruatiti road end.
- Fires - fires are not permitted in the Mangapurua Valley
- Weather conditions – track users are urged to observe the weather conditions and seek advice as wet, slippery conditions may be experienced at times, particularly during winter and early spring.
- Communications - this area is remote with no cell phone coverage. It is recommended that you carry an emergency alert device (e.g. PLB/Spot tracker).
- Bluffs - there are multiple bluffs on this track. Care should be taken while passing these bluffs and watch out for falling rocks.
- Multi-use track - Bridge to Nowhere Track is shared by trampers, mountain bikers and hunters. Care should be taken on downhill sections. All users need to look out for and be considerate of others.
- Water - during dry periods, extra water should be carried as shelters and streams may be dry or stagnant. Treat or boil all water before drinking.
- Wasps: Wasps are a known hazard and are particularly common from January until May. Carry antihistamine if you are allergic to their stings.
This large concrete bridge is an icon within the Whanganui National Park and a major visitor destination.
It was constructed in the mid-1930s to provide road access to farms known as the Mangapurua Valley Soldiers Settlement. By the time it was completed these areas of the Mangapurua Valley were deserted, the bridge rarely used and the construction of the road to the Whanganui River abandoned.