Shaky Bridge, Manuherikia River

Do you dare to walk over Shaky Bridge? This historical suspension bridge was built for the early gold rush.

Wagons and horses once used this suspension bridge; today it’s strictly for pedestrians. Before it was built, the only way across the Manuherikia River was by punt - a risky operation when the river was high.

The bridge was opened in 1879 at a cost of £974 ($1,949) and was later sold for £1 ($2.00) to two settlers living across the river.

The bridge fell into a state of neglect and was eventually repaired by a specially formed committee. At this time the bridge was narrowed to foot traffic only.

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