Story: King Country places

Aukopae tunnel, 1982

Aukopae tunnel, 1982

This is the old Aukopae road tunnel, which was used by traffic travelling between Aukopae, Tokirima and Ōhura from around 1923 to 1960. It was constructed in stages between the 1910s and the early 1920s to cater for a new mode of transport – cars – which were unable to travel up the steep terrain. The tunnel closed in 1960 because it was too small for modern trucks, and the road was moved away from the tunnel. Local farmer Murray Craig, pictured, used the tunnel to store hay in the 1980s.

Using this item

Abundant Past, Ron Cooke Collection
Reference: 12572

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Kerryn Pollock, 'King Country places - Ōhura', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2022)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 1 Mar 2015