Category : Heritage Trails

Contractor Heritage Trails

Building a winter diversion route

Contractor Magazine
The stark prospect of the timber on which the town was founded running out was what drove the construction of the Ohakune Mountain Road. Hugh...
Archives Heritage Trails

Heritage Trails: Building the Backbone

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From military beginnings to tourist day-trip, the Napier-Taupo Road cuts across the backbone of the North Island. Hugh de Lacy checks out its colourful history....
Archives Heritage Trails

Heritage Trails: Through mist and mystery

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To the 19th century Tuhoe, a road through their beloved Urewera country spelt capitulation, which is why it was never completed until 1929. Hugh de...
Heritage Trails

Heritage Trails: The Auckland-to-Waikato Great South Road

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This article first appeared in Contractor‘s December 2016 issue. The Auckland-to-Waikato Great South Road is arguably the most important in 
New Zealand history. HUGH DE...
Heritage Trails

Saving Paekakariki Hill Road

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An almost forgotten group of World War One tunnellers saved the Paekakariki Hill Road from closure, as HUGH DE LACY discovers. THOSE CANTANKEROUS heroes of...
Contractor Heritage Trails

Takaka Hill: The Marble Obstacle

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To the arriving colonists at the top of the South Island, Takaka Hill represented a major obstacle between the cramped and land-hungry settlement of Nelson,...
Heritage Trails

The Rimutaka Heritage Trail- starting with an abduction

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Wellington’s land-locked harbour made a road over the Remutaka Hill vital for the young colony’s development.  HUGH DE LACY tells how it got there. A...