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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

Up-to-date information can be found elsewhere in Te Ara.



Development of Roading

At the present time many new routes are being constructed which will give access to large areas of land for closer settlement. The West Taupo access road will open up fertile farming areas at present being broken in by the Departments of Lands and Survey and Maori Affairs. The Waipapa road scheme, which will connect est Taupo, via the west bank of the Waikato River, with Te Awamutu, will become a new main route between Auckland and Wellington. In the State forest area between Taupo and Rotorua hundreds of miles of roads have been built to serve the logging trucks which feed the paper mills at Murupara and Whakatane. In the South Island a particularly difficult problem is the completion of the Haast Pass road which will link Westland with Otago and so provide New Zeland with a wonderful tourist attraction. Along the Haast route, as in so many other districts, the bridging of numerous rivers and streams is not the least of the problems facing road engineers.