Story: Bridges and tunnels

Log bridge

Log bridge

The first bridges in New Zealand were no more than a tree trunk dropped across a stream, like this one painted by Alfred Walsh in 1896.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Watercolour by Alfred Walsh, 1896

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Bridges and tunnels - The need for bridges and tunnels', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 11 Mar 2010