Harbour Bridge & Marina, Auckland
I took a photo shot of the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge during our Harbour Cruise tour. The construction of the bridge began in 1954 and completed in April 1959. I thought it was a nice looking bridge but not as impressive as Sydney Harbour Bridge. There is similarity between the two, maybe the coat hanger look. Apparently you can do bungy jumping and bridge climb to see the view of Auckland.
Off of harbour bridge.
Ok, so its not Sydney harbour bridge, but the bungy off of Aucklands harbour bridge is a must for all. Its cheap, the staff are nice, they pick you up from your hostel/hotel and provide refreshment after you have been dunked in the water!
In addition to offering one of the cheapest bungy jumps in New Zealand off the Auckland Harbor Bridge, AJ Hackett offers the opportunity to climb the bridge. From the bridge, you can watch the bungy jumpers and enjoy panoramic views back toward the city and out toward the area’s youngest and largest volcano, Rangitoto.
If you are looking for some adventure try the Auckland Harbour Bridge climb. Our guide was very cool. She told us alot about Auckland history and all about the history of the bridge. The views from the top are great.
No cameras are allowed and you have to wear a climbing suit with a harness that they provide.
If you are looking for excitement while in Auckland just head for the Harbour Bridge.
I used the harbour bridge almost everyday to commute to and from work.
On a clear day you will see climbers walking up the bridge to the top to get a panaromic view of the city or if you preferred you can jump off it to the Waitemata Harbour below, that's bungy jump of course!
Auckland Harbour Bridge was built between 1955 and 1959. It is 1,021m (3,350ft) long and crosses Waitemata Harbour joining Freeman's Bay in Auckland to Northcote in North Shore City. It is credited with the rapid development of the North Shore.
The bridge has a traffic count of over 160,000 cars a day. Before 1969, there were 4 lanes of traffic. A Japanese company then added 2 lanes on each side doubling the size of the bridge, which were named Nippon Clip-Ons. The Clip-Ons have a life of 50 years, so another span will have to be built to cope with traffic before they can be replaced.
The bridge is available for climbing tours as of 2001 (shortly after my visit).
Harbour Bridge has grown from 4 lanes to 8 lanes since 1959. Crossed by more than 180,000 cars daily, the bridge is an old familiar friend for most Aucklanders, and yet for most it also remains an unexplored enigma.
For the first time since May 1959, when 100,000 people walked the length of the Auckland Harbour Bridge to commemorate its opening, it is possible to walk - and even climb - this longstanding landmark.
Aucklands Harbour Bridge is known as the 'coathanger' for obvious reasons. It was opened in May 1959 to connect the city to the North Shore. In 1969 two extra lanes were added on either side of the main structure to cope with increased traffic flow. At the time the add on's were known as the 'nippon clipons'... which today would be regarded as a racist comment but never intended that way in the begining.
our coach driver stopped us by this small place where we could have a good view of the harbour bridge. quite a solid structure that allows for higher convenience for drivers.