Geraint's World Trip travel blog

Lake Rotoroa

White creek faultline - the earthquake epicentre

Buller Gorge Bridge


Buller Gorge

Drove from Marahau to the Buller Gorge, just over half way to Westport on the west coast, and just past Murchison. Here is New Zealand's longest rope bridge and also the site of the epicentre of the 1929 Murchison earthquake which measured 7.8 on the Richter Scale and caused the earth to lift up by an impressive 4.5m. It was pissing it down with rain all the way there in the car, but eased up before I got there, only to start again as I was half way over the bridge. The Converse aren't travelling too well, so I got drenched literally from head to toe. The bridge was cool though, suitably Indiana Jones-esque although the drop to the river wasn't all that high it wobbled about all over the place and the floor was just a metal grate allowing you to see straight down in to the rapids below!

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