The bridge is one of Aucklands key features around the harbour area and is visible from many places given its size. It's 15 stories high and at just over 1km long the 2nd longest road bridge in NZ (Rakaia Bridge in the South Island is the longest).
The Bridge, running between St Marys Bay and Northcote Point, was opened on 30th of May 1959 and took approx 4 years to build. Originally the bridge had only 4 lanes but with the addition of 2 lane “clippons” each side of the bridge this is now 8 lanes.
The bridge has been hugely criticised over the years as it's one of Auckland's worst bottle necks for traffic and is now at risk due to the extensive wear of the clippon lanes. A 2nd harbour bridge has been discussed but nothing has happended to date - most likely due to the cost and hassle with Auckland road system.
Favorite thing: The Auckland Harbour Bridge is another icon that can show you an exciting time. Bridge climbing is one of the latest things to do - and it doesn't require a high level of fitness or daring. You'll be carefully guided along the spans before proceeding to the highest point for a knockout view of the city and harbour.