Roads were constructed to connect Waikato settlements in the 1860s, 1870s and 1880s, but were not metalled until the 20th century. Until then, they could be treacherous in wet weather. A service car (an early means of public transport) negotiates the muddy road between Hamilton and Te Aroha in the mid-1920s.
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