Story: Hauraki–Coromandel region

Kōpū bridge

Kōpū bridge

Before a new bridge was completed in December 2011, nearly all road traffic between Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula crossed the historic one-lane Kōpū bridge over the Waihou River. It had long been a bottleneck at holiday times, when vacationing Aucklanders sought to either reach the peninsula or leave it. In this cartoon, traffic for the return trip has backed up to Whitianga, 88 kilometres away from the bridge. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: DCDL-0008998
Cartoon by Allan Charles Hawkey

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Paul Monin, 'Hauraki–Coromandel region - Transport and communications', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/cartoon/30493/kopu-bridge (accessed 30 March 2017)

Story by Paul Monin, updated 14 Apr 2016