A horse-drawn coach encounters deep mud on a road between Waipiro Bay and Gisborne in the 1880s. Because dirt roads became very muddy after heavy rain, they were unsuitable for horse-drawn wheeled vehicles. The difficulties of funding roads in the 19th century meant that many minor roads in rural areas remained rough and at times impassable.
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