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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 6, Issue 2 (June 1, 1931)

The Glory of the Cliffs

The Glory of the Cliffs.

The northern shores are very bold in parts, with their cliffs, pohutukawa-hung, rising from deep water, and the steep hillsides densely wooded to the skyline. Matawhaura mountain makes a grand finale to the procession of cliff and forest and glinting bays and beach. We can bring up close under this giant palisade of rock and look up through the branches to the heights eight hundred feet above. Fern trees droop their lovely frondage high up the rocky sides; mosses and lichens and all kinds of fragrant climbing things tenderly tapestry the precipice, and little springs and dew-like drips water the many-coloured vegetation that so closely mats the cliffs. And far above, reached by a secret trail—it must be a perilous trail too—is the immemorial cavern of the dead, where generations of Tamarahi's ancestors rest.