Auckland's 'coat-hanger' bridge - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Auckland's iconic Harbour Bridge.

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to the Auckland Harbour Bridge in the Video tab.

The idea of a bridge across Auckland’s Waitematā Harbour was first mooted in the 1860s – but almost a century passed before the Auckland Harbour Bridge opened in 1959. The city's distinctive 'coat hanger' bridge was expanded in the late 1960s, with two extra lanes clipped onto each side.

Notable bridges
Auckland’s ‘pick-a-back’ span
Waitematā Harbour
Auckland harbour bridge opened

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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