Story: South Canterbury region

Waitaki River bridge

Waitaki River bridge

The bridging of South Canterbury’s wide, braided rivers made travel easier and faster. Initially the bridges carried both rail and vehicular traffic. This car crossing the 2-kilometre Waitaki Bridge, around 1914, is heading for Glenavy. The elevated structure houses water tanks, in case of fire on the bridge.

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John Wilson, 'South Canterbury region - Transport and towns', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 June 2024)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Feb 2017