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Roadside Stories: Auckland's 'coat hanger' bridge

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’ is the longest bridge in New Zealand – and is even longer than the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Listen to a Roadside Story about the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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Margaret McClure, 'Auckland places - Waitematā Harbour', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/35223/roadside-stories-aucklands-coat-hanger-bridge (accessed 24 October 2017)

Story by Margaret McClure, updated 5 Aug 2016