Story: Roads

‘Landing of passengers at Port Lyttelton’

‘Landing of passengers at Port Lyttelton’

When the Canterbury Association’s first settlers arrived at the end of 1850, they found a jetty – to which they were ferried from the ships anchored in the harbour – and an immigration barracks. But the Sumner Road (left background) was not finished, and settlers had to walk over the Bridle Path (foreground) to reach Christchurch. Early roads were often termed ‘bridle paths’, as they were suitable for horses but not wheeled vehicles.

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Carl Walrond, 'Roads - Early roads', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 August 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Mar 2016