Story: West Coast region

Road through the Ōtira gorge

Road through the Ōtira gorge

Rockfalls and screes have been a hazard for road construction and maintenance through the Ōtira gorge, west of Arthur’s Pass. For more than 100 years a winding section of the road (known as ‘the zig-zag’) skirted around the top of a landslide (above). In 2001 this was replaced by a viaduct (below), close to the Ōtira River beneath the zig-zag.

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GNS Science
Reference: CN35817/25 and CN43352/23
Photographs by Lloyd Homer

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Simon Nathan. 'West Coast region - Transport and communication', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 15-Nov-12