Aerial view of a pedestrian suspension bridge crossing a tranquil river with lush greenery on its banks. The bridge connects two paths amidst a residential area with houses and gardens visible in the background. The day is clear, with abundant sunshine highlighting the natural and built environment.

Artistic Bridge, Uretara Steam Katikati

The Bay of Plenty bridge build saw AA’s world-class engineering skills combine seamlessly with local artistic design.

Many of the bridge’s key elements were made from repurposed materials; the Jarrah tower poles were from the Wellington trolley bus overhead lines, the tower bracings were disused rail irons, and the handrails were recovered swamp totara. This give gave the whole bridge historic rail line representative feel. As an added touch, the handrails were carved with local native flora and fauna imagery.

A wooden suspension bridge with metal railings stretches across a tranquil river. The structure is supported by sturdy wooden posts and cables against a backdrop of lush greenery and tree ferns under a bright, clear sky.

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