Bridge Span

Parnassus Road (State Highway 1), Parnassus

  • Bridge Span. Original image submitted at time of registration.
    Copyright: NZHPT Field Record Form Collection. Taken By: E M Jones. Date: 1/03/1992.
  • Bridge Span. Image courtesy of .
    Copyright: Francis Vallance. Taken By: Francis Vallance. Date: 16/03/2013.
  • Bridge Span. Image courtesy of
    Copyright: Francis Vallance. Taken By: Francis Vallance. Date: 16/03/2013.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 7126 Date Entered 17th December 1993


Extent of List Entry

Extent of registration includes part of the land described as Legal Road, Canterbury Land District, shown as Pt Lot 9 DP 3651 (NZ Gazette 1977 p.291) on SO 16116, and the structure known as Bridge Span thereon.

City/District Council

Hurunui District


Canterbury Region

Legal description

Legal Road, Canterbury Land District

Location description

The bridge span is located over a gully in the rest area on the west side of Parnassus Road, State Highway 1 at the north end of the Waiau River Bridge.


This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1980. This report includes the text from the original Proposal for Classification report considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.

Single Bridge Span is a typical span of circa 3 metres salvaged from the Waiau Road/Rail Bridge when the latter was demolished c1980. The Waiau Road/Rail Bridge was designed by the Public Works Department and built in 1910. It was over 700 metres in length and comprised 54 spans of c13m and two spans of c4.5m. Relocated c1 km away, Single Bridge Span is an example of a Howe truss constructed in timber and is a reminder of what must have been a very impressive piece of engineering.


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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1910 -

Other Information

A copy of the original report is available from the NZHPT Southern region office.

Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.