The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]
Taieri Mouth And Taieri Beach
Taieri Mouth And Taieri Beach.
Taieri Mouth And Taieri Beach are situated twenty-two and twenty-four miles respectively, in a south-westerly direction from Dunedin, and, being on the sea coast, command an extensive view of the Pacific Ocean. They are reached by coach, via Brighton, or by rail to Henley, thence by boat down the Taieri river. Muta Rata, an island opposite the mouth of the river, and which can be reached at low tide, was formerly a whaling station, and was frequented in the early days by the crews of Mr. John Jones and other captains of the whaling industry. Among the first settlers was a noted character, who was called the Hermit of Taieri Mouth, but was known better by the name of John Bull, his real name being John Edward O'Neil. Many parts of the Taieri river are named after this celebrity, and many stories are still told about his wonderful strength. For a wager he carried a cannon, weighing five hundredweight, from the Otago Heads to the Maori Kaike, and at another time he undertook to carry a sack of flour from Dunedin to Clutha, a feat he successfully accomplished. Taieri Mouth and Taieri Beach are very popular watering places in the summer season, as they furnish ample opportunities for bathing, fishing, boating and shooting. The fascinating game of golf is also much in vogue, and players make their links on the sands of the beach. Along the coast there are numerous cottages which may be rented for a reasonable sum, and accommodation can also be obtained at several farm houses. During the season a steam launch runs from Henley down the Taieri river for the convenience of holiday-seekers and picnic-makers, and the rugged scenery on the journey is well worth seeing. For the use of passengers and traffic across the Taieri river at the mouth, a punt is provided, and is large enough to accommodate a team and vehicle. Each place has a post office, telephone and telegraph bureau, a Presbyterian church, public school and library, and a hall for entertainment.
Mr. And Mrs A. Jeffrey.
Mr. And Mrs J. Milne.