New Zealand in your Pocket


Join Our Free eNewsletter

Join our newsletter and get the latest updates and news on our apps, services and opportunities.

Clifden bridge

» iSee
»» Travel Trivia
»» Must See
»» Bridges & Tunnels

Business Type: Longest Suspension Bridge


Clifden suspension bridge spanning 111.5m over the Wairau River is the longest suspension bridge in New Zealand....

Address: Tuatapere, Clifden Hwy, Orawia, Southland, New Zealand Invercargill & Southland


‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever’ wrote John Keats in Endymion. This Category One Historic Place structure is a masterpiece of its time, having been built in 1899 for 5,007 pounds Sterling as a Wairau River single lane bridge for horse drawn traffic.

Trucks and cars used the bridge from the 1920’s until it closed in 1978, when the current road bridge opened downstream. The old girl has recently been given a new lease of life with new planking and is open to walkers and cyclists.

The impressive Clifden Bridge is truly a thing of beauty and at 111 metres it has one of the longest suspension bridge spans in New Zealand.

It has 27 steel cables attached to concrete pillars plastered to resemble stone. The bridge is managed by the Historic Place Trust. It’s a great place for a picnic stop on the Southern Scenic Route and there’s easy access to the river for fishing.

Nearby are interesting limestone caves and exciting jet boat rides from Lake Hauroko down to Foveaux Strait.

More Information: Heritage New Zealand
Awesome video by: A Moment Of Your Time


Tuatapere, Clifden Hwy, Orawia, Southland, New Zealand

Photo Gallery

Clifden bridge

Click here for Slideshow. You can also click on any of the photos to start slideshow.

more photos »


Map Location