Story: Roads

Travel map, 1896

Modern motorists would recognise the routes on this map from the 1890s – many major roads had been built or surveyed by this time. However many roads were unmetalled, and travelling times between towns were mostly given in days rather than hours. Methods of transport listed include buggy, coach, horseback, steamer, canoe and foot.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: MapColl 830gm/1892/Acc.7936

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Carl Walrond, 'Roads - Why roads were built', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 September 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Mar 2016