Story: Southland places

Clifden bridge, 2008 (2nd of 2)

Clifden bridge, 2008

The Clifden bridge was opened in 1899 across the powerful Waiaua River. It replaced a punt which had previously provided access to the farm settlements of Wallace County. With a span of 111.5 metres, the bridge was at the time of opening the longest suspension bridge in New Zealand. It was closed in 2010 by, after restoration, was re-opened for pedestrian and cycle traffic in 2013. The east tower of the bridge holds a plaque commemorating the Clifden men who died in the First World War.

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David Grant, 'Southland places - Western Southland', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/20212/clifden-bridge-2008 (accessed 22 September 2020)

Story by David Grant, updated 25 May 2015