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Auckland Harbour Bridge

Updated: 9 December 2014

The Auckland Harbour Bridge has shaped Auckland's visual landscape since it was opened in 1959. It provides a lifeline for people, goods and services connecting the narrow isthmus and north and south.

View of Auckland Harbour Bridge from Westhaven. Auckland Harbour Bridge at dusk. Auckland Harbour Bridge at dusk.

Today it continues to provide safe passage for approximately 165,000 cars per day across the Waitemata Harbour and is as much a part of Auckland’s cultural fabric as Ponsonby’s cafes and the Skytower.

Locals affectionately refer to it as “the bridge” and some can even recall walking across it on opening day.

Explore the website to find out more about the bridge’s history, including why and how it was built, improvements and developments to the bridge, activities for tourists and the communities that live alongside the bridge.

Live traffic webcams north & south of the bridge