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Bridge history

The Manukau Harbour has always been an important strategic link connecting southern and northern settlements - from Maori portage of waka and supplies through to the more recent motorway bridges and the popular Old Mangere Bridge.

See below to find out more about the old bridge’s fascinating past.

View from Mangere of the first Old Mangere Bridge in 1906. (Image courtesy of Sir George Grey Special Collections/Auckland Libraries).

View from Mangere in 1906 of the first Old Mangere Bridge. (Image courtesy of Sir George Grey Special Collections/Auckland Libraries).

Did you know…

Legend has it that there was an early crossing point in the area that consisted of a number of steeping stones. At low tide, local iwi used these stones so that they could cross on foot between Mangere and Onehunga. These stones are nowhere to be seen today, covered in several feet of silt.

The first bridge built across the harbour was opened in 1875. It provided an important link between the growing community in Mangere and the bustling port at Onehunga. 

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