Story: Bush trams and other log transport

Kauri dam

Kauri dam

This dam is in the Kopowai River, Mercury Bay. The double gate was designed to let the water rush away quickly and give strength to the construction. The gates have been closed to allow the dam to refill, and a large kauri log has been caught in one of the spillways. Over 8 million metres of kauri have been driven through this dam.

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The Kauri Museum, Matakohe, Tudor Collins Collection
Reference: I_1993_224_463_2
Photograph by Tudor Collins

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Paul Mahoney, 'Bush trams and other log transport - Moving kauri: dams and rafting', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2023)

Story by Paul Mahoney, published 24 Sep 2007