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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 7 (November 1, 1929)


“Though sluggards deem it but a foolish chase, And marvel men should quit their easy chair, The toilsome way, and long, long league to trace; Oh! there is sweetness in the mountain air, And life, that bloated ease can never hope to share.“—Byron

The Urewera country -(Tuhoe-land), which stretches from Hawke's Bay to the Bay of Plenty, is perhaps the least known portion of New Zealand. Few Europeans have ventured into this still virgin land since the year 1869, when Colonel George Whitmore, with his well organised body of armed men, made his famous march into this territory, to acquaint himself with Te Kooti and his hostile Urewera tribes.

A tramping party—Messrs. W. A. Pye, J. W. Pickles, A. J. Hilkie, N. Griffin, W. Whyborn, and the writer, left Wellington recently by the Napier Express to commence a journey through this yet imperfectly explored and interesting land. The following is a brief account of their impressions:—