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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 2 (May 1, 1937)

Our Landscape and Story

Our Landscape and Story.

Some of our attractive routes of travel in New Zealand are a kind of interrogation mark to travellers. The tourist passes along them so swiftly, in the present-day rush to get everywhere with the least possible delay, that there is scarcely time to do more than take a flying glimpse of the scenery as the car whirls past. The stories and the romance and adventure of the land traversed are a sealed book to the wayfarer who goes gliding and hurtling along the highways. The train traveller on most routes is better off, for there are railway publications giving the kind of information that invests landscapes with added interest. The Urewera Country is one of those places of which the quick-travel tourist retains but a confused memory of in-and-out curves and elbows along the ranges and through the all encompassing bush. To know such a land intimately, you must travel at least some of it on your feet or on horseback or on pushbike.