The rugged Karangahake Gorge was a barrier for vehicles carrying supplies and mining equipment to Waihī, and until the 1890s it was bypassed by another road which was very steep and impassable in wet weather. This was obviously unsatisfactory, so from 1889, over a period of eight years, a level road was constructed through the gorge. The route had to be blasted through solid rock, and the resulting road was restricted to one-way traffic. Finally, during the depression of the 1930s, relief workers widened and sealed the road so that it could be used by two-way traffic. This photograph shows that work in progress.
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