Story: Manawatū and Horowhenua region

The last spike

The last spike

A crowd gathers to celebrate the driving of the last spike on the Wellington–Manawatū railway line. This marked the completion of the line at Ōtaihanga, near Paraparaumu, on 3 November 1886.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Manawatū and Horowhenua region - Rapid change: 1870–1880', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/9481/the-last-spike (accessed 23 October 2019)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 22 Apr 2015