Do You Dare Walk Over Shaky Bridge?
Before the bridge was built the only way across the Manuherikia River was by punt—a risky operation when the river was high.
After the building of Shaky Bridge, the suspension bridge was used by wagons and horses alike. Today however the bridge is strictly for pedestrians only.
The bridge was opened in 1879 at a cost of £974 (NZ$1,949) and was later sold for £1 (NZ$2.00) to two settlers living across the river. The bridge fell into a state of neglect and was eventually repaired by a specially formed committee at a cost of NZ$1,800. It was at this time the bridge was narrowed to foot traffic only.