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Four people escaped unharmed after falling eight metres when a cable bridge on a tramping track broke. The four were walking across the 65m-long Hopu Ruahine bridge on the Lake Waikaremoana Track when a cable gave way around 1pm Thursday. The trampers, who were French fell eight metres into about two metres of water, escaping without serious injusry. The bridge did not collapse. A spokesman for the Department of Conservation (DOC) said the...

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...

MEDIA STATEMENT TE UREWERA BOARD - APPROVED 6 SEPT Yesterday, our 4 French Trampers leave Waikaremoana shaken but thankfully without major injury caused after a cable release on the Hopuruahine bridge seeing our manuhiri (our visitors) fall to the river below.  We are grateful to a local operator Mr Simpson who was on hand to transport our trampers to our Te Urewera team, where their concern for our manuhiri kicked in immediately. The...

The Hopuruahine swing bridge at the end of the Lake Waikaremoana walk is closed due to failure.  Signs are in place directing walkers to safer crossings...

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