Until roads were built European settlers relied on water-borne transport to get their goods to market. The Tukituki River was used, and small vessels made regular visits along the coast to pick up wool bales and drop off supplies, into the early 20th century. Bullocks hauled the bales through the surf to the rowboats, which would then transfer them to the main vessel waiting offshore.
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