The footbridge

The photo below was contributed by Kevin Burns who remembers using the bridge back in the 60s. Photo date and other details unknown.

Footbridge, date unknown.
Footbridge, date unknown.

29 March 2008: Long I remember this old bridge; jumping in the river from it (there was always a hole around its western pier). And oh the sping in the bridge!

The spring tides that rendered the bridge uncrossable in dry feet (you could kayak around it!)

Waikawa Beach Footbridge 1931-1990.

Waikawa Beach Footbridge 1931-1990.

Actually, this photo is a bit misleading — there was an extra plank length in place of the steps shown; ay them woz the days!

This bridge is immortalised in a stained glass window in my place.

From: Waikawa Beach Footbridge 1931-1990.

11 December 2013: After the bridge was washed away. The Ratepayers Association put a lot of pressure on the Council to replace the bridge and a replacement further downstream was opened in January 1992.

Boat Day in the 1980’s before the old bridge was washed away by a flood in March 1990. This was before the days of OSH as the bridge had no handrails and looked as though it fall into the river at any time
Boat Day in the 1980’s before the old bridge was washed away by a flood in March 1990. This was before the days of OSH as the bridge had no handrails and looked as though it fall into the river at any time

After the bridge was washed away. The Ratepayers Association put a lot of pressure on the Council to replace the bridge and a replacement further downstream was opened in January 1992
After the bridge was washed away. The Ratepayers Association put a lot of pressure on the Council to replace the bridge and a replacement further downstream was opened in January 1992

From: Summer Holiday Newsletter 2013/14.

Early 2018

Julie Gordon and her husband, Brett on the bridge at Waikawa Beach, New Zealand.
Julie Gordon and her husband, Brett on the bridge at Waikawa Beach, New Zealand. Photo supplied.

Dorman Long and Co steel on the footbridge.
Dorman Long and Co steel on the footbridge.

The footbridge now. See How our footbridge is connnected to the Auckland Harbour Bridge for information about its construction.

Upgrades,July 2018

The footbridge was refurbished in July 2018. The work took about two weeks. Strapping was laid across the deck, new handrails were attached, with an additional rail at the bottom, and plastic anti-slip mesh was laid over the strapping. Plastic was used so people could still walk across the bridge barefoot in summer. The bridge is now a lot more stable.

Footbridge repairs Day One.
Footbridge repairs Day One.

Footbridge repairs Day One.
Footbridge repairs Day One.

Footbridge upgrade complete.
Footbridge upgrade complete.

Footbridge upgrade complete (detail).
Footbridge upgrade complete (detail).