The ‘bridge to somewhere’ at Aotuhia was built in 1937 across the Whangamōmona River, and is a similar design to the ‘bridge to nowhere’ in Whanganui National Park. Aotuhia, 20 kilometres south-east of Whangamōmona, was opened up to European settlement in 1896. For the first few years access was from the Whanganui River via a narrow bridle track. By 1914 a road that wound its way down the Whangamōmona River from Whangamōmona was completed. A few years later Aotuhia was established enough to have sports events on the domain, a (short-lived) school, a telephone exchange and a post office run by one of the locals. Ironically, the bridge was built only after most of the settlers had abandoned their farms during the 1930s economic depression. Aotuhia is now reached by a road through Makāhu, constructed in 1985 to allow access to a Lands and Survey farm redevelopment in the area.
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Photograph by Ron Lambert
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