Topic: Te Horo Tunnel - Parininihi/White Cliffs

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Te Horo c1900

Sometimes known locally as the Taniwha Tunnel (after Ruataniwha Point) this was a stock tunnel providing an access to and from the beach at the northern end of the Parininihi/White Cliffs.

The Te Horo tunnel was begun by the Taranaki Provincial Council in 1859 but not finished until 1889 after John Rigby of the Armed Constabulary was drowned in 1883 while taking some horses around Te Ruataniwha ('Rigby's Point') just to the north. After the road over Mt Messenger was completed, the tunnel continued to be used until the 1960s  by drovers bringing cattle and sheep to the Waitara freezing works.

It has, in recent years, been the subject of a lengthy access dispute.

 

Further Reading: History of Te Horo Tunnel and the Main Road North, Dudding,I. (Comp),1999

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