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Te Rewa Rewa Bridge is a tied arch pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Waiwhakaiho River at New Plymouth in New Zealand. 0

The Team:

Designer: Novare Design Ltd
Client: New Plymouth District Council
Contractor: Whitaker Civil Engineering Ltd
Fabricator: Fitzroy Heavy Engineering Ltd
Coating Supplier/Applicator: Taranaki Blasting Services11

How it all began:

The New Plymouth District Council conducted a design/construct competition for an iconic bridge and the Te Rewarewa Bridge was selected in April 2008.[¹]


Description (Novare Design)

‘The Te Rewa Rewa Bridge was designed to be iconic in the full and ancient sense of the word. The bridge, with its unique and evocative form, suggests deeper meanings. After opening in June 2010, the structure has exceeded iconic status to become known as a prominent community symbol, drawing visitors from far and wide.

The bridge was skilfully crafted by Novare Design to be contextualised to its site. The resulting structure offers dignity and grace to its setting, while providing unprecedented access to the sacred Rewa Rewa pâ and urapa sites. Not only is it a functional and durable bridge, many have suggested it as a serious work of art. The bridge not only makes the physical connection between the two banks of the Waiwhakaiho River, but also more mysterious connections with the mountain, the sea and the land‘.[²]1


The bridge has won two prestigious international awards and an Ingenium award in New Zealand.

Arthur G. Hayden Medal 2011
For outstanding achievement in bridge engineering that demonstrates innovation in special-use bridges.
Presented by Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania

Ingenium Excellence Awards 2011
Winner – Projects $2 Million to $10 Million

Footbridge Awards 2011
Winner – Asethetics Medium Span
With appreciation from Mayor Harry Duynhoven and New Plymouth District Council


1. Te Rewarewa Bridge : Heavy Engineering Research Association. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.hera.org.nz/Category?Action=View&Category_id=564

2. Te Rewa Rewa. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.novaredesign.com/Projects/Signature/Te+Rewa+Rewa.html