Four men in railway uniforms stand on the platform of Ōtāhuhu Railway Station, circa 1906. Ōtāhuhu Historical Society Archive.

Ōtāhuhu: Waka and Paddlewheels to Rail and Roads

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Wednesday 4 October, Saturday 7 October and Wednesday 11 October, 10am-2pm


Ōtāhuhu Historical Society Rooms

12-16 High Street, Ōtāhuhu

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Visit the Ōtāhuhu Historical Society to view a display from the transport archives.

Located on a narrow isthmus just 1.5km wide, Ōtāhuhu’s unique geographical location means it has developed into an important transport hub.

The archives hold sketches, photographs and stories of various modes of transport. This includes historical and modern waka, a paddlewheel steamer providing a service from Auckland on the Tamaki River, and buses.

Items documenting the construction of Great South Road, the main trunk railway and the motorway will also be featured.

The Ron Queenin collection of model buses, painted in the livery of several Auckland bus companies, is on permanent display.

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