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Name Waiau Ferry Bridge, South Island, New Zealand
Owner New Zealand Transport Agency - formerly Transit New Zealand
Design John Blackett, Engineer in Chief, Public Works Department
Contractor J & A Anderson, Christchurch, NZ
Where On State Highway 7A, Hanmer Springs Road near Hammer Springs, North Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand. About 134 km. north of Christchurch.
Latitude S 42 35' 03"
Longitude E 172 46' 58"
When 1887
Why Road bridge over deep gorge.
Bridges the Waiau River Gateway to the famous Hanmer Springs
Overall type Truss
Width ~7 m.
Length 78 m.
Main span 78 m.
Height above water level 31 m.
Materials Wrought iron trusses; concrete piers
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Pictures from Robert Gregory & David Blockley, UK - September 2008