Thoughts on the Lake Tekapo Footbridge

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Like many others, I've enjoyed hearing and seeing updates on how the Lake Tekapo Footbridge is progressing.

Seeing pictures of those large steel structures being formed and the planks being stained gives a sense of anticipation of what is to come. So as the finish line draws closer, I wanted to share my admiration of what the community has achieved.

This has been a long time in the making - the idea has floated around for decades, but it took a group of residents to get it off the ground when they formed the Lake Tekapo Footbridge Society. 

The concept always made sense in so far as it provides a practical solution to transport concerns, preserves the sanctity of the Church of the Good Shepherd and will serve as an amazing attraction for the increasing number of visitors making a beeline to this stunning spot.  

The bridge will undoubtedly hold great appeal for those visitors, especially those from the lucrative China market.  Research shows that they seek a pure and clean escape from their hectic lives and have high expectations for natural scenery. For them, wandering out over the river inlet to take in the views will be quite an experience. 

Tekapo is not a large place, but it has a strong pool of residents who've worked incredibly hard -with the support of the wider Mackenzie district and generous organisations, groups, businesses and individuals, they've turned this concept into reality.  

It would have been far easier to let the Footbridge remain a pipe dream, but what the community is now getting close to, is the completion of a project which will stand the test of time and become an asset for future generations.