The Bridge to Nowhere… one of the out of the way places visited by MoaTours The Bridge to Nowhere… one of the out of the way places visited by MoaTours

Opps for off the beaten track

Offering ‘out of the way places’ and special experiences that clients would find dificult to access under their own steam, is one of the keys to MoaTours’ operations says founder Ena Hutchinson.

The specialist in small group tours for mature travellers also offers opportunities for travel agents and brokers as the country sets its sights on opening up domestic tourism.

MoaTours has 25 diferent tours of New Zealand and all are fully commissionable to travel agents.

‘Some of the out of the way places we visit are The Bridge to Nowhere, Molesworth Station, East Cape, Stewart Island and The Catlins, Erewhon Station and Four Peaks Station, Great Barrier, Karamea and Doubtful Sound,’ says Hutchinson.

As an example, The Bridge to Nowhere tour includes the Forgotten World rail cart, lunch at Whangamomona Hotel, and a jetbat ride from Pipiriki to the landing for Bridge to Nowhere (with an approxinately 40 minute walk each way). The journey also has a drive over the Gentle Annie road to Hawkes Bay and a visit to the Cape Kidnappers gannet colony.

The Bridge to Nowehere was built in the 1930s to provide access for about 40 families who took up land in the isolated Mangapurua Valley inland from Wanganui. But by the time the bridge was ready to use, most of the families had already walked off their land – and when heavy rain wrecked the road in 1942 the Public Works Departmet refused to restore it and ordered the remaining settlers out. This left the bridge isolated and unused.

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