The 70ft span bridge was built in 1884, from the winnings of a horse race, where the winning horse was called 'The Poet'. It was rebuilt in 1938. The colour is based on the red lacquer of the Japanese Shinkyo bridge in Nikko.
Tragically the donor was drowned under the bridge 7 years after its original construction.
It is in located in the heart of Pukekura Park, which in turn is in the heart of New Plymouth City.
The suspended balls are in preparation for the annual Festival of Lights held each summer.