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, marking its completion. The place was Ōtaihanga, near Paraparaumu, the date 3 November 1886.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Manawatū and Horowhenua region - Rapid change: 1870–1880', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 April 2024)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 Apr 2015