Passengers board a coastal steamship, Pioneer, from which they will then embark on the paddle steamer Manuwai, at Port Waikato, probably in the 1920s. For nearly a century from the 1860s coastal ships travelled to the Waikato Heads, mainly from Auckland’s Manukau Harbour. At Waikato Heads passengers and cargoes would be transferred to shallow draught river steamers and carried up the Waikato and Waipā rivers to their destinations. Along the river banks were many small jetties and landing places.
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