Salisbury Historic Swing-Bridge in Bainham, New Zealand

Published Sep 25 2020 at 1:00 PM GMT
  • In 1887, after much lobbying by colonial settlers, a bridge was completed across the Aorere River, at the northern end of the South Island.
  • From the start, the bridge was controversial because it was only a footbridge, with a maximum capacity of 220 pounds, even though it was supposed to allow further access for mining in the area.
  • The original bridge was washed away in a severe flood in 1899.
  • It took three years to construct its replacement, the infamous Salisbury Historic Swing-Bridge.
  • Many photographs exist of the swing bridge, and the many visitors who have frequented it over the years.



  • Published Sep 25, 2020 1:00 PM GMT