Motakiora/Brook Park top section closed until further notice
For health and safety reasons, Waitomo District Council has closed the top section of Motakiora/ Brook Park for ALL recreational use until further notice.
As a result of the weekend’s heavy rainfall event, a section of track to the summit is hazardous and a large slip has taken out part of the mountain bike track, which is also popular with walkers.
There is risk of further multiple slips and damage if the rain continues.
The rotunda and toilet is still accessible, however we urge residents and users to exercise caution if entering this area.
Signage advising of the closure will be erected onsite soon. Please do not venture into the red zone.
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Project Information

 Design Considerations

Preferred Option



  • Built in 1988 by TranzRail
  • Ownership transferred by agreement to WDC on 10 April 2001
  • Bridge is made of timber ramp beams and piles, steel truss bridge beam and supported on concrete columns, and timber decking
  • Main bridge span overstressed
  • Excessive deflections in bridge beam and supporting columns
  • Substandard seismic design capacity
  • Handrails substandard
  • Ramp gradients steeper than 1 in 12
  • Decking decay
  • Delamination of ramp beams
  • Deterioration of timber columns and beams/transoms
  • Top (and bottom?) chord spacers on bridge not fixed
  • Carroll Street ramp not aligned with pedestrian crossing



Design constraints

  • The requirement for vertical and horizontal separation from the KiwiRail rail tracks and overhead electrical transmission
  • The bridge centerline alignment to remain the same as the existing alignment to allow retention of the existing bridge piers and to comply with the KiwiRail Deed of Access
  • The need for an additional pier at mid-span to better support live and seismic loads applied to the bridge
  • The need to replace the superstructure, ramps and stairs.
  • The need to retain the skatepark in its present location at least until such time as an alternative, better site is identified, agreed and developed
  • The limited space available for placing and shaping the landings, particularly on the Carroll Street side due to the limited total area owned by WDC (2,263 m2 ) at least half of which is occupied by the skatepark, and the existing occupation (buildings, transmission gantry, etc.) on the Rora Street side.




  • Contemporary, signature structure at pedestrian gateway to Te Kuiti CBD
  • Fully engineered to modern design standards
  • Stairs both sides
  • Uses existing concrete columns
  • Additional central pier beneath main bridge span
  • Total length 249.5m including ground ramps (existing bridge approx. 217m)
  • Intermediate landings at key transition points (pause points)
  • Clear width between handrails of 2067mm
  • Preliminary cost estimate $1.65m (February 2020)
  • NZTA subsidy 73%

Carroll Street landing:

  • Spiral design that references rail turntable
  • Spiral ramp gradient of 1 in 18 maximum (existing ramps at least 1 in 12)
  • Radius of spiral 12.1m to centreline
  • Feature courtyard area with basketball half-court at centre of spiral
  • Low planting to soften edges
  • Coloured concrete footpaths to connect with adjacent courtyard and parking areas
  • Ramp connects to SH3 pedestrian Xing
  • Cycle safety barriers at bridge exit onto Carroll Street

Rora Street landing:

  • Ramp entrance/exit already well positioned close to centre of town
  • Good connection with and proximity to the rail station, public toilets, pedestrian crossing and Visitor Information Centre
  • New stairs to be provided to shorten distance
  • Ramp length controlled by the existing KiwiRail electric gantry at the north end of ramp
  • The existing toilet block location in Rora Street is fixed
  • Switch-back ramp needed on Rora Street side to avoid KiwiRail signal cables and fibre-optic cable in rail corridor
  • Ramp gradients on Rora Street side 1 in 12 (similar to present gradients)
  • Existing trees adjacent to ramp to be replaced with low planting to improve visibility and personal safety, and visually connect town centre with bridge and landings

Handrails and lighting:

  • The handrail design is key to achieving the design outcome of spatial openesss.
  • As well as the safety aspects that the handrails and side cladding will provide, the materials used will also be a means of capturing and reflecting the Te Kuiti Town Concept Plan colour pastel.
  • Lighting will be designed to ensure night-time visibilty of the bridge. Foot-lighting and handrail light fittings will be used to accentuate the shape and form of the bridge.