Story: Hauraki–Coromandel region

Logging kauri: driving dams (1st of 2)

Logging kauri: driving dams

Kauri logs were immense; on the Coromandel Peninsula they were often felled in locations with difficult access because of the rugged topography. One way to transport them, which involved exploiting that same topography, was to dam rivers to build up a volume of water which could then be released, taking logs with it. To this end scores of dams were built on streams and rivers throughout the peninsula.

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Paul Monin, 'Hauraki–Coromandel region - Kauri timber and gum', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/30432/logging-kauri-driving-dams (accessed 31 May 2020)

Story by Paul Monin, updated 1 Apr 2016