Story: Canterbury region

Bealey railway bridge, 1920s

Bealey railway bridge, 1920s

Building bridges over the wide shingle beds of Canterbury’s rivers was a challenge. Gradually, ferries were replaced by bridges such as this one across the Bealey River, at the entrance to the Ōtira tunnel.

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John Wilson, 'Canterbury region - Transport', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 April 2021)

Story by John Wilson, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015