The Lake Tekapo Footbridge takes a huge step forward.
The major part of Stage 1 for the build of the Lake Tekapo Footbridge is now well underway. We started this time last year with the drilling of the test cassion. Now we are placing all the piers. Texco Ltd of Christchurch has been contracted for Stage 1 – the construction of the caissons and placement of the stone casings – and for Stage 2 – the construction and placement of the steel work.
The pier on the east side is now complete and the crane and drilling machinery have moved to the west side. The east side platform is being removed. One pier will be placed at the end of the west side temporary platform. This should be finished before Christmas. Another one, closer to the bank, should be completed in the second week of January, hopefully beating the lake level rise after Genesis closes their gates on January 6. Another pier will still have to be placed further up the bank. But that will not be susceptible to flooding so the rush to avoid bad weather and lake rise is not such an issue.
The piers consist of caissons – steel tubes welded together and driven into the riverbed to a depth of 9 meters. Concrete is pored into the underground section so no water seeps into the tubes and firmly embeds them in the ground. This method is very similar to the caissons being placed as foundations for high-rise buildings in the Christchurch Rebuild. The section above ground has the stone caissons then positioned over the steel tubes and a cap, that will eventually hold the steel work frame of the bridge, is placed on top.
The stonework is almost complete for all the piers. They can be viewed on the west side above the crane. A local stonemason, Dale Karton, has been contracted for this job. The stone is being laid around concrete tubes. We are still waiting the delivery of one more concrete tube. It is exciting to see such a good job near to completion and so in keeping with the stonework on our iconic church.
Funding is still being sought before we can commence on Stage 2.
The hugely successful Fete will be held again this year on the 16th of March. This event has proved itself very popular over the last years, offering a wide variety of goods and fun things to do.
Save the Date!!
Planning for the 6th Annual Lake Tekapo NZ MADE Fete is underway.
Mark the date in your calendar now – Sunday 16th March 2014
Our fantastic venue is the Mt John Homestead in Lake Tekapo.
Open 10am – 4pm.
LIVE entertainment from local boys, The B Minors and Sarah Conlan from Twizel. Sarah has recently won a competition for producing the theme song for the Special Olympics to be held in Dunedin at the end of November. “Soaring High”, written & performed by Sarah was selected from dozens of entries around New Zealand. As winner of the competition Sarah will perform “Soaring High” at the National Summer Games 2013 Opening Ceremony.
All our products are New Zealand Made. There will be family entertainment as well as fabulous crafts, art, food, boutique wines, toys, plants, clothing for ladies & children, stoneware and more.
Applications are now open for stalls at the Fete.
For all inquiries please contact Raewyn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last weekend Alpine Springs in Tekapo opened the largest portable waterslide in the world. What a fantastic weekend that was, and what a fabulous new addition to put on your list of things to do in Lake Tekapo.
The weather played warm and hot, and many enjoyed the exhilarating experience of speed and a soft water landing in this spectacular slide.
Suitable for all ages, the young and the more mature, everyone can have some fun. The great views and the hot dry summer weather are the perfect companions for a day in the high country.