Story: Transport – overview

Auckland Harbour Bridge opening

When the Auckland Harbour Bridge opened in 1959 there was a celebratory parade, and cars queued up on the southern approach to the bridge to make a first crossing. The bridge was a vital link in the motorway system designed to ease traffic congestion in Auckland. By 1960 Christchurch, Wellington and Dunedin had also developed or planned motorways.

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Archives New Zealand – Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Pictorial Parade 89. National Film Unit, 1959

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James Watson, 'Transport – overview - Motor vehicles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/24990/auckland-harbour-bridge-opening (accessed 29 May 2022)

Story by James Watson, published 11 Mar 2010