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To remove the risk of injury or incident in the near future, Moncktons bridge in Central Hawke’s Bay will be removed.

Date:  29 June 2017

We closed Moncktons bridge in Central Hawke’s Bay in 2015 because the structure was unsafe and not suitable for use. 

It has since come to our attention that the closure signs displayed on the bridge have been removed by some members of the public, and people may still be using the bridge.

We have replaced the signage, but to remove the risk of injury or incident in the near future, will completely remove the Moncktons bridge structure. A replacement bridge is planned.

Connie Norgate, DOC Operations Manager for Hawke’s Bay says that public safety and maintaining structures to a high standard is the Department’s primary concern.

“Moncktons bridge is unsound and needs to be removed. We take public safety very seriously, and would far rather err on the side of caution in this instance.”

There is an alternative crossing to Moncktons which is clearly sign posted. It does require a small stream crossing, so care should be taken after heavy rain.

If you have any questions about the bridge closure or removal, please contact the Hawke’s Bay Department of Conservation Office on 06 8343111 or email

The bridge is in Monckton Scenic Reserve in central Hawke’s Bay.


Malcolm Lock
Senior Ranger Recreation and Historic
Ahuriri / Napier Office
Phone: +64 6 834 4848

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