Officially opened on 22nd November 2015 by the Right Honorourable Dame Jenny Shipley of Genesis Energy, Mayor Claire Barlow of Mackenzie District and Colin Maclaren of Lake Tekapo Footbridge Society Inc.
FUNDING TO CONSTRUCT THE BRIDGE WAS SECURED:
$500,000 Genesis Energy
$429,000 New Zealand Transport
$300,000 J & P Lewis & Family
$252,000 Mackenzie District Council
$100,000 Community Trust of Mid & South Canterbury
$100,000 Lake Tekapo Community Board
$100,000 NZ Lotteries Board Grant
$ 30,000 Southern Trust
$ 30,000 Alpine Energy
$ 20,000 Trust Aoraki
$ 6,000 Sargood Bequest
$ 4,000 Lake Tekapo Lions
Public Campaign 'Buy a Plank'
$158,000 Local families, groups and businesses
Our aim was to raise 1.3 million dollars to finance construction of a footbridge over the Tekapo River outlet. This cost soon escalated to 2 million dollars. A footbridge will ensure the safety of residents and tourists, help preserve the sanctity and peace of the Church of the Good Shepherd and link the new Regional Park with other walkways and cycleways around Lake Tekapo.
Benefits of a footbridge
Construction of piers and concrete abutments commenced December 2013. Steel pre-fabrication of structure has occurred off-site in the workshops of Texco Steel Ltd in Chrishchurch. On-site construction of bridge commences September 2015 and was completed by November. Photos of progress are posted on our facebook page.