Recent historical photos stirred up lots of comment from fishy inmates so here are some old survey maps to remind anglers of the “good ol’ days”…
There was no Piri Road (previously known as Link Road) or SH1 at rear.
What is now Te Aho Road leading to Judges Pool was just a pumice residential drive.
Turangi township did not exist at all. The other lake edge settlements of Omori, (Kuratau had not been developed) Motuoapa, Te Rangiita (Tauranga Taupo River) and Waitetoko (Mission Bay) were all larger than Turangi.
Vehicle access extended beyond the end of Grace Road all the way to the Tongariro delta where there was an anglers camp.
There was no anglers access road up to the Blue Pool and the road bridge over the Poutu Stream – draining Lake Rotoaira was further north.
Then ‘Uncle” MOW (Ministry of Works) arrived with their bull dozers and graders. The photo of the grader above was forming SH1 immediately on the back boundary of TRM.
It was just a name for the intersection in 1955 – there was no Turangi town.
The main road was River Road – the north-south road outside Tongariro River Motel.
The only suburban streets were those connecting to the Tongariro River beside the Breakfast Pool.
The main road connecting the much larger settlement of Tokaanu (and Waihi Village) was Hirangi Road (now located on the north western side of the town boundary).
There was no SH 41 across the Tokaanu power station tail race – indeed there was no power station and no Saddle Road – SH47 – connecting Lake Otamangakau which was then just low lying swamp land at the head of the Wanganui River (No “h” back then either).
There were various other fishing lodges including one up the Waiotaka River in the Hautu Prison.
Tomorrow TRM Daily Report has the 1963 update (? nothing much changed) followed by the 1967 map (everything changed) followed by the 1978 map (much the same as today…). Don’t miss it.