Story: Hauraki–Coromandel region

Karangahake Gorge road, 1930s

Karangahake Gorge road, 1930s

The rugged Karangahake Gorge was a barrier for vehicles carrying supplies and mining equipment to Waihī, and until the 1890s it was bypassed by another road which was very steep and impassable in wet weather. This was obviously unsatisfactory, so from 1889, over a period of eight years, a level road was constructed through the gorge. The route had to be blasted through solid rock, and the resulting road was dangerous because it was restricted to one-way traffic. Finally, during the depression of the 1930s, relief workers widened and sealed the road so that it would be suitable for two-way traffic. This photograph shows that work in progress.

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Paul Monin, 'Hauraki–Coromandel region - Transport and communications', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/30492/karangahake-gorge-road-1930s (accessed 30 March 2017)

Story by Paul Monin, updated 14 Apr 2016