2 Mount Misery Road, Herbert-Hampden, Waitaki

Waianakarua Bridge

Twin arched and constructed of limestone, this is one of the oldest bridges still in use on a main highway. Best viewed from the grounds of the adjacent Mill house.

The engineer was John Turnbull Thompson, chief surveyor for the Otago Provincial Government. In 2004 the bridge was strengthened and widened. Engineers then refitted the Oamaru stone blocks, restoring the bridge’s original appearance. The Bridge is at the start of the 'Vanished World' trail and the site of one of the Trail's major information boards.


  • Bridge
  • River



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