Taranaki Herald, 22 December 1904, p 4
Rapid transition in a motor car run from Rotorua to Napier has been made by Mr P.O. Spry, of Rotorua, Mr and Mrs M. Bethell of Masterton, and Mr E. Peterson, agent for the Rotorua Motor Launch Company.
They left Rotorua on Sunday at 8.25 a.m., arrived at Wairrakei at 11.25, left there at 3.15 p.m., and arrived at 6.45 at Tarawera, where they stayed for the night. The journey was resumed at 8.25 a.m. on Monday. Pohui was reached at 10.40 and left an hour later, and the car drew up at the Masonic Hotel, Napier, at 1.20 p.m.
The actual travelling time was thus only 10 hours 25 minutes.
Mr Spry reports that the road is in excellent order.
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