Local historians weekly "Back Issues" article in the Manawatū Standard. History of the Ōpiki Suspension Bridge, also known as Tane Suspension Bridge, Rangitāne Swing Bridge and Opiki Toll Bridge.
Designed byJoseph Dawson and officially opened in 1918, it was then the longest heavy traffic bridge in New Zealand. This river crossing was used by vehicles and stock. It saved local flax mill owners many hours and costs transporting produce to the rail network. The bridge closed in 1969 but remained a significant imposing landmark. It has a Category 1 listing with Heritage New Zealand.
In recent times it has deteriorated significantly, with the collapse of the upstream wire in September 2023.