The Auckland Harbour Bridge is an eight-lane box truss motorway bridge over the Waitemata Harbour, joining St Marys Bay in Auckland with Northcote in North Shore City.
The bridge is part of State Highway 1 and the Auckland Northern Motorway. It is the second-longest road bridge in New Zealand and the longest in the North Island.
The bridge has a length of 1,020 m (3,348 ft), with a main span of 243.8 m, rising 43.27 m above high water allowing ships access to the deepwater wharf at the Chelsea Sugar Refinery west of it (one of the few wharves needing such access west of the bridge – a proposed Te Atatu port having never been realised).
The bridge is considered an Auckland icon. However, there has also been criticism of it, from the nickname of ‘coathanger’ due to its shape, to complaints that it mimics the Sydney Harbour Bridge in copyist fashion.
Bungy operator AJ Hackett operates a 40m bungy jump from the bridge. They also offer a bridge climb with views of the city and the harbour.
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