The soaring cliffs between Te Kopi and Whatarangi on the Wairarapa south coast, painted in the 1850s by William Mein Smith.
Source: Alexander Turnbull Library
A car crossing a bridge at the Whatarangi cliffs, 1937.
Looking at Te Kopi from the Whatarangi Cliffs, 1947.
A further view of the road clinging to the Whatarangi Cliffs, 1947
Outside a few sheltered bays, much of the south coast is an unforgiving, harsh environment. Coastal erosion is a huge problem: houses and roads have been lost in southerly storms. The photo below, of a small section of the south coast, taken in the middle of winter 2010, shows a small part of the erosion protection in place.
Alexander Turnbull Library