Onepoto Bridge

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Onepoto Bridge
Coordinates 36°48′43″S 174°45′00″E / 36.812042°S 174.75°E / -36.812042; 174.75Coordinates: 36°48′43″S 174°45′00″E / 36.812042°S 174.75°E / -36.812042; 174.75
Carries Pedestrians
Crosses Onepoto volcanic crater tidal outlet
Locale Northcote, New Zealand
Total length 46 metres (151 ft)
Opened 2008

Onepoto Bridge is a 46 m long pedestrian and cyclist bridge crossing the tidal stream outlet of the Onepoto volcanic crater in Northcote, Auckland.

The bridge became necessary after widening of Onewa road towards State Highway 1 made the existing bridge too narrow to carry footpaths. After deciding to build a new bridge, North Shore City Council resolved to construct an iconic structure that would create "architecture integrated into the landscape". This resulting in the bridge structure being encased with wooden curved 'ribs' that have been described as a whale skeleton, a wave or a half-finished sailing ship. The bridge was designed by Beca Group.[1][2]

The bridge is also part of North Shore City's strategic cycle route network and incorporated into works to better access the local estuarial area for the community.[3]


  1. ^ Bridging the gap between art and utility - LG - New Zealand Local Government, Volume 44 No 5, May 2008, Page 15
  2. ^ Innovative wave design for bridge across Onepoto Stream (North Shore City Council press release, 8 December 2005. Accessed 2008-06-21.)
  3. ^ Design focus on new cycle/pedestrian path, bridge (North Shore City Council press release, Thursday 19 April 2007, via ''. Accessed 2008-06-21.)

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