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The old Hāpuawhenua viaduct (4th of 6)

The old Hāpuawhenua viaduct

Built in steel by the Public Works Department from a design by Peter Hay, the 1908 Hāpuawhenua viaduct was distinguished by its graceful curve. The viaduct was originally the second-longest on the main trunk line at 284 metres. Located just north of Ohakune, it was replaced by a new viaduct in 1987. The old structure was restored as part of a walking route in 2009. It has also been used for bungy jumping.

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Jock Phillips, 'Bridges and tunnels - Notable bridges', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 11 Mar 2010