In New Zealand’s south island we encountered numerous one-lane bridges. These one-lane bridges are usually wide enough to fit only one vehicle driving across it. Those one-lane bridges are there to help people get across rivers, streams, and other waterways. It costs less money to build and maintain a single-lane bridge than it does to build a double-lane bridge, and that is one of the main reasons why they are plentiful. Most of time when we crossed such bridge we did not see cars from the other side trying to cross it too. The solution works efficiently in a less populated place like the South Island rural area.
Haast River Bridge is an one lane bridge over the Haast River on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. We passed it just after the turnoff to the Haast township from west coast. This one lane bridge is 737m long. The road over the bridge is called State Highway 6. Because of its length, the bridge has pull-outs so that you can pull your car aside if you happen to accidentally be on the bridge as another car is trying to cross it too. Nevertheless to get stuck on a one-lane bridge is highly unlikely in New Zealand, at least we didn’t have such case.
We stopped near the bridge to have a break and walked beneath the bridge. There were several spots to take better pictures of the bridge. However there were many sandflies that lurked around and stung us badly. They are worse than mosquitos.
The single lane bridge is one of the most spectacular bridges in the world. It is not only the longest one-lane bridge but also the 7th longest New Zealand bridge. The Haast area, the remote and lost world is named after German explorer Julius von Haast.