New Bridges in Abel Tasman National Park
Making the coastal track even more attractive and reducing tidal restraints on river crossings.
Onetahuti Bridge and boardwalk opened 17 November 2013 with a dawn blessing by local iwi.
Shaped to represent a traditional Maori waka, this bridge over the tidal Onetahuti stream and board walk through the wetlands behind the beach add a new dimension to the coastal track north of Onetahuti. It is no longer necessary to wait for low tide to cross the stream.
Bark Bay Swing Bridge beside Bark Bay Waterfall
A sturdy swing bridge replaces a bridge washed away in heavy rain last year. Whilst the bridge was being built, there was a tidal crossing at Bark Bay. You can now choose to walk to Bark Bay Falls and back to the beach, or take a loop track that includes crossing the tidal stream on the beach at Bark Bay.