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Arapuni suspension bridge – top places to visit in the Waikato

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Waikato, North Island

Thrilling, slightly nerve racking as the suspension bridge is 54 metres above the river the suspension (swing) bridge. You can walk or cycle across the bridge. The Arapuni suspension bridge is a visitor attraction for those after a quirky New Zealand holiday adventure.

The sheer beauty of the Arapuni bridge is begging you to cross the bridge. Dust your walking for wimps attitude into the rubbish and stride forwards.

Arapuni suspension bridge information signage, Waikato North Island New Zealand
Arapuni suspension bridge information signage, Waikato North Island New Zealand

Arapuni suspension (swing) bridge

  • Stunning views of the Arapuni hydroelectric dam
  • River gorge with lush vegetation covering the steep gorge faces
  • Make sure to capture a selfie of you on the brave adventure, crossing the Arapuni suspension bridge
  • 52 metres above the river and 152 metres in length (which can seem a very long way as you cycle or walk across)

How to get to the Arapuni suspension bridge

57 Arapuni Road, Arapuni 3415

Bridge access is via Arapuni Road with ample carparking in the the domain reserve.

The bridge is easily accessible on a shared walkway (bikes, pedestrians). The site can be accessed via a walkway starting on Arapuni Road opposite Rabone Street.

Waikato river trail, Arapuni swing bridge, Waikato, New Zealand
Waikato river trail, Arapuni swing bridge, Waikato, New Zealand

The bridge is part of the Waikato River Trail, attractions, things to do and places to visit – Best Bits. Take time to explore the visually stunning scenic Waikato River Trail. Nearby is Arapuni village with plenty of space to park (and lock) your bike for a bite to eat in the Rhubarb Cafe.

For visitors with a focus on sustainable holiday destinations unmissable is Maungatautari Sanctuary Mountain attractions, things to do – Best Bits.

Arapuni Suspension Bridge to Sanctuary Mountain (native flora and fauna predator free reserve, New Zealand)

14.6 km or 15 minutes

from Arapuni Suspension Bridge, 57 Arapuni Road, Arapuni 3415

to Sanctuary Mountain – 99 Tari Road, Pukeatua 3880

Waikato river trail, Arapuni WWII dam story, signage, Waikato, New Zealand
Waikato river trail, Arapuni WWII dam story, signage, Waikato, New Zealand

The Arapuni Suspension Bridge was built in the mid-1920’s and is now a heritage site. The original aim to provide access for workers from the village of Arapuni to the power station construction site in the bush-lined gorge.

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