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Four French trampers have escaped with only minor injuries after a bridge on the Lake Waikaremoana track gave way and they fell eight metres into the water below. The cable of the Hopu Ruahine bridge failed yesterday around 1pm. Department of Conservation spokesman Herbert Christophers said there were three women and one man on the bridge at the time.  "The trampers fell into the water when the bridge slumped, police said that...

The Department of Conservation says it's confident all its visitor structures are "up to standard", despite a suspension bridge along Lake Waikaremoana Track breaking - dropping four French tourists eight metres into the water below. The group were at the end of a multi-day tramp along Lake Waikaremoana on Thursday when a cable broke as they crossed the Hopuruahine bridge. They plunged eight metres into the river below, suffering...

Four German tourists have escaped serious injury after a bridge along Lake Waikaremoana Track collapsed, dropping them eight metres into water below. The four foreigners were at the end of their multi-day tramp along Lake Waikaremoana on Thursday when they arrived at the Hopuruahine bridge near the track's pick-up and drop-off point. The Department of Conservation has confirmed a cable broke as they crossed and they plunged about eight...

An investigation is underway into a swing bridge collapse on the Lake Waikaremoana Track, ing four tourists plunging into the water below. The German nationals escaped the eight-metre drop with minor cuts and bruises. They were at the end of their multi-day tramp along Lake Waikaremoana yesterday afternoon when they reached the Hopuruahine swing bridge, which is near the track's start and finish point. A cable broke as the group crossed...

Collapsing Bridges

7 September 2015

Today’s news about one of the two main support cables of the Hopuruahine Bridge (on a map) giving way, along the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk (radio NZ, Stuff, NZ Herald) should be seen as very concerning. The consequence was that four tourists were dropped eight metres into two metres of water below. With a different set of circumstances (flooded river, shallower or no water, victims being incapacitated on the way down or...

An investigation has been launched into the collapse of a Lake Waikaremoana Track bridge which saw a group of tourists plummet 8m into a river last week. A cable on the Hopu Ruahine bridge on the Lake Waikaremoana Track "released" about 1pm on Thursday - causing four French tourists who were on the bridge at the time to fall into the river below. The group survived without major injury. Te Urewera Board chairman Tamati Kruger said it...

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