The main trunk line from Auckland to Wellington was well underway by the start of the 20th century. However, it wasn't until 1909 that the northern and southern lines finally connected.
The Old Coach Road was created from an old Bridle track as a means of transferring passengers (and the engineers constructing the railway) from one line to the other.
The track was widened using metts (rectangular pieces of stone with a convex top) and together with the viaducts that can be seen along the way provides a great sense of history as well as beautiful scenery for anyone riding this trail.
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