This may just look like ‘another gorge with a bridge’ to you but it’s importance in New Zealand is much greater!
The Manawatu Gorge links the two ‘sides of the North Island of New Zealand. The island is ‘divided’ in two by the Ruahine and Tatarua Ranges, which includes the Tararua Forest Park. This is the only water gap in the Southern Hemisphere and the only way through from side to side, so there is a railway line and a road – State Highway 3.
To make things more of a challenge, the weather in the area can be quite severe and the road and railway are subject to slips which can close them for long periods of time!