CANTERBURY: CHRISTCHURCH

10-Mar-18

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Rakaia Gorge Bridge Carpark

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by Chris Gaelic

Rakaia Gorge Rd, Windwhistle, Canterbury

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Rakaia Gorge Bridge - built in 1882

Rakaia Gorge Bridge - built in 1882

Walking track down to the river

Walking track down to the river

Going fishing

Discovery Jet offers jet boat tours from the lower carpark.

Discovery Jet offers jet boat tours from the lower carpark.

 

There is a small parking area before the Rakaia bridge that offers an outstanding view over the Rakaia river as well as access to a walking track down to the waters edge.

 

It's worth stopping just to enjoy the view, which is all we did when we drove along highway 72 en route to Mt Somers.

 

Unfortunately, we didn't notice the turnoff to Evans Reserve, where there is a large parking area right on the rivers edge. This looks to be well worth checking out, which we'll do on our next drive this way.

 

The bridge was completed in 1882, and is listed as an important part of New Zealand's engineering heritage as it typifies the ability of the early settlers to adapt and modify overseas concepts to meet local conditions.

 

Bridge parking area

Bridge parking area

 

View over the Rakaia River

View over the Rakaia River

 

View across the Rakaia Gorge bridge

 

 

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