The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 10 (February 1, 1930)
Where Waikato Flowed
Where Waikato Flowed.
It is a wonderful geological story the Hinuera Valley has to tell, that ancient waterway along which one motors between Mata-mata station and the rail-head at Cambridge. It is a smooth-floored valley with vertical walls of columnar rock of volcanic origin, extending from about Horahora—where the hydro-electric works are—on the Waikato river above Cambridge, into the Upper Waihou Valley. It is easy to read the history of that strange valley (correctly it should be spelled Hinuwera), as revealed in its peculiar contour and its dark cave-riddled cliffy palisade. In past ages the Waikato river flowed through this gorge into the Upper Waihou and thence to the Hauraki Gulf.