Story: Roads

Arthur’s Pass (1st of 2)

Arthur’s Pass

The road over Arthur’s Pass was built in 1866–67, linking Christchurch with the West Coast. The intent was to gain access to the West Coast gold rushes. This view of it was painted by Theodore Hurt shortly after it was completed.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: E-501-f-019
Watercolour by Theodore Octavius Hurt

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Carl Walrond, 'Roads - Why roads were built', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2022)

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