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From our trip to the West Coast of the South Island, New Zealand, the Otira Viaduct, Arthur's Pass, one of the few places to cross the main divide between the West and East coasts of the South Island.
“The 440 metre viaduct is curved to make it fit in with the shape of the environment. Planners worked with Department of Conservation to consider all the issues raised by building such a structure in a National Park - protecting vegetation and the habitats of wildlife like the blue ducks, kea and great spotted kiwi. Because the site of the viaduct is one the most earthquake prone regions in New Zealand it has been designed to withstand seismic forces 40 percent higher than the usual maximum for such structures”, (from the NZine website).