"In 1879 the road from Hamilton to Grahamstown (Thames) for the first time could be easily traversed on horseback, and vehicles could go as far as the Waihou River." (Settlers in Depression by H C M Morris)
A rider had gone to Waihou from Hamilton; from Waihou they set off at 7am, then reached Paeroa at 11am and Grahamstown at 1pm. The journey from Waihou to Grahamstown taking 6 hours.
It was not until 1882 that the first wheeled vehicle trip took place from Hamilton to Grahamstown.
|Waikato Times 10/1/1882|