In the early 20th Century, the Mokau River punt was the only way that traffic could cross the wide river. Everything was ferried across on the punt from cars and trucks to livestock.
Scrimshaw bullock horns carved by a prisoner waiting on death row in Mt Eden prison. They were gifted to the prisoner’s jailer who brought them home to Mokau with him.
In 1854 the government purchased Māori land around Awakino but this was only made available for settlement in 1893.
Built in 1916, the Mt Messenger tunnel helped improve this notorious road in North Taranaki.