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Rangiriri is a locality in the Waikato region of New Zealand.

Rangiriri is located on the Waikato River near Lake Waikare in the Waikato District. State Highway 1 now bypasses Rangiriri.

Rangiriri was the site of a major Māori defence structure during the time of the Invasion of the Waikato, the major campaign of the New Zealand Wars. The Battle of Rangiriri, which took place on 20–21 November 1863, cost both sides more than any other engagement of the land wars and also resulted in the capture of 183 Māori prisoners, which impacted on their subsequent ability to oppose the far bigger British force.[1]

As part of work on the Waikato Expressway, the NZ Transport Agency has restored a pa site that straddled State Highway 1; the work was due for completion at the 150th anniversary of the battle.[2]


To replace a punt, which had been operating since at least 1900,[3] a timber truss bridge,[4] with ferro-concrete piles, was started in 1915[5] and probably opened in 1917.[6] It partly collapsed, but was strengthened to allow light traffic. Demolition of the old bridge cost $30,000.[7]

About 1969 a single-lane replacement, designed by Murray-North Partners, was built downstream for £204,800 (National Roads Board £182,300, Raglan County Council £15,525, Waikato County Council £6975).[7] It is 900 ft (270 m) long, with 8 spans, 6 of 120 ft (37 m). The 2-cell H-section box girder is formed of 3 prestressed, post-tensioned segmented concrete flanged beams. The design was the first in this country to combine precast units into a continuous box girder.[4]


  1. ^ "Rangiriri". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Rangiriri Bypass" (PDF). NZ Transport Agency. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  3. ^ "NEWS FROM COUNTRY DISTRICTS. (New Zealand Herald, 1900-01-04)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  4. ^ a b "Innovate NZTM Awards of Excellence, 1965 – 2015: 1973 – Rangiriri Bridge, Rangiriri by Murray-North Partners (J. C. North and R. F. Swarbrick)" (PDF). Association of Consulting and Engineering Professionals in New Zealand (ACENZ). 2015.
  5. ^ "RANGIRIRI. (Pukekohe & Waiuku Times, 1917-05-18)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  6. ^ "RANGIRIRI (Pukekohe & Waiuku Times, 1918-03-01)". paperspast.natlib.govt.nz National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  7. ^ a b CW Vennell & Susan Williams (1976). Raglan County Hills and Sea 1876-1976. Wilson & Horton for Raglan County Council. p. 292. ISBN 0868640026.

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Coordinates: 37°26′S 175°10′E / 37.433°S 175.167°E / -37.433; 175.167