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Historic Mangaweka Bridge

The historic Mangaweka Bridge, built in 1904, is New Zealand's only cantilever road bridge left, located along the Manawatū Scenic Route.


Built in 1904, the Mangaweka Bridge over the Rangitīkei River divides the Rangitīkei and Manawatū districts. This historic bridge is the only cantilever road bridge left in New Zealand. Its life as a functional bridge has been under threat due to safety concerns, with the weight restriction reduced to 6000kgs, meaning vehicles any larger than a medium-sized motorhome can no longer cross the bridge. Today it’s a tourist icon, allowing visitors to enjoy the breathtaking river views, papa cliffs and surrounding beauty.

Awastone, a riverside haven for camping and rafting is located on both sides of the bridge.

Physical Address

Just north of Mangaweka, turn onto Ruahine Road, the start of the Manawatū Scenic Route, continuing east a short distance before arriving at the bridge.

Contact us

[email protected]
+64 6 350 1922
0800 MANAWATU (626 292)

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