Maria and David Round The World Trip 2006/2007 travel blog

Buller Gorge Swing Bridge.

Earthquake fault line, sight of the 1929 Murchison earthquake.

Bridge over troubled waters!

Heading inland from Westport, the road follows the Buller River through to Murchison. On the way, we stopped at the Buller Gorge swing-bridge, the longest swing-bridge in New Zealand. The bridge is 110m long and leads to the White Creek Fault line which was the epicentre of a big earthquake in 1929. There were very few tourists that day and the operator of the tension line called the Flying Fox (strapped to a wire and slide hands free) tried to convince us to pay more for an alternative way to cross the river. However, having done a 15,00 ft skydive a few days earlier, we decided that this was far too tame!

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