Story: City history and people

Ohakune (1st of 3)


Ohakune, originally a Māori settlement, became the base for the completion of the main trunk railway line in 1905. The path of the line is visible in this 1906 image – it runs along an embankment in a straight line from the bridge on the far left. Below that is part of the workers’ camp. Conditions were basic – men lived in canvas tents and huts through winter snows.

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David Thorns and Ben Schrader, 'City history and people - Types of towns', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 June 2024)

Story by David Thorns and Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010