Story: Public transport

Auckland before public transport

New Zealand cities were geographically small in the 19th century before the development of public transport systems. People largely walked, rode horses or later bicycles, took horse-drawn hansom cabs or hackney carriages if they could afford the fares or, in the case of the wealthy, rode in their own carriages. This 1867 map of Auckland shows a small city centre with very little development into the inner city suburbs of Parnell or Ponsonby.

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Adrian Humphris, 'Public transport - Early transport options', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 September 2023)

Story by Adrian Humphris, published 11 Mar 2010, reviewed & revised 11 Mar 2016