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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).

Build bridges.
Have a great weekend everybody.
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Jun 11 2010 13:34 GMT Annamaria
Great bridge and nice info, John!! ;-)

Have a great weekend too!
Jun 11 2010 13:36 GMT Littleollie
Thanks Anna. You have a great weekend, when it come around for you that is. 8-)
Jun 11 2010 14:13 GMT sini
Great view!:)
Jun 11 2010 14:24 GMT aquiles PRO
SUPERB ENTRY !!!!!!!!!!!!
Jun 11 2010 14:38 GMT Littleollie
Thanks for all your recent comment Sini. Have a great weekend.
Jun 11 2010 14:39 GMT Littleollie
Thanks Aquiles. Have a great weekend.
Jun 11 2010 15:22 GMT ashdad PRO
Impressive bridge!
Jun 11 2010 17:10 GMT senna3
Spectacular image, superb entry!
Jun 11 2010 23:13 GMT infocusb4
You know John I have managed to drive most of the South Island mountain roads - including some that one shouldn't but never Aurthr's Pass. Followed the bridge construction with interest but always travellled the Trans Senic Railway when using Arthurs Pass. Must do that road trip. Wonderful Photo by the way
Jun 11 2010 23:39 GMT Littleollie
Thanks Asdad, it is an engineering feat.
Jun 11 2010 23:49 GMT Littleollie
Thanks Senna, it's very much better than the road that used to be the only way of getting over to the coast from here, I've been over the old road on a school trip in a bus and having driven buses since, my heart would have been in my mouth driving down that road.
You have agreat weekend my friend.
Jun 12 2010 00:17 GMT Littleollie
Kevin, as the Trans is a great way to get to the coast, (haven't done it myself yet), you would probably enjoy this trip. You can actually drive on this bridge and not know you are on it or up so high, well worth the stop to take a look at it on the way, there are good observation points and history boards at the top of the pass. Arthur's Pass and Otira townships are worth a visit and there are just so many photo oppurtunities. I got captures of the Trans Alpine train while taking captures at theTaramakau River valley.
I'm yet to see Fiordland in the South Island.
Jun 12 2010 00:53 GMT Weesue
We went over it twice but the landscape meant I never realised we were on it. We never went up to the lookout so missed this view.
Jun 12 2010 03:22 GMT Midworlder PRO
Great from this angle
Jun 12 2010 13:43 GMT Littleollie
Thanks Sue, that's what I was trying to say; even after we had seen it, it didn't seem that we were on the bridge or up so high when we travelled across it; I got Liz to take captures as we crossed the viaduct, might have to post them to show you what I mean.
Jun 12 2010 13:44 GMT Littleollie
Thanks Roger, I think it's worth the trip just to see this.
Jun 12 2010 23:28 GMT beady
Nice landscape image and an interesting caption too
Jun 13 2010 01:01 GMT Littleollie
Thanks Brett.
Jun 13 2010 02:00 GMT MargNZ
Great photo John ... I remember the old zigzag road very well ! It was always a little scary looking up and seeing this massive shingle slide above you !
Jun 13 2010 02:15 GMT Littleollie
Thank Marg. One of the first captures I remember taking was of a bus coming down the zig-zag road, it seemed to be right above me, and I remember thinking, 'we have just come down that road too'.
Hope your Sunday afternoon is going well for you.