The bridge has been accessible to pedestrians only since 1978. In April 2010 the bridge was closed to pedestrian traffic due to safety concerns outlined in a report commissioned by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, the organisation that cares for the bridge. The safety issues were identified after a routine inspection of the bridge after an earthquake the previous year.
The bridge, constructed of twenty-seven steel cables attached to concrete pillars (clad to resemble stone pillars), still has its historic wooden decking. It is listed as a Category I Historic Place by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.