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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]



Kuripapango is a health resort situated on the Ngaruroro river, near the Kaweka ranges, forty-five miles west from Napier, with which there is a weekly mail service. It is in the county and electoral district of Hawke's Bay, and is 1,698 feet above sea level. The surrounding country is celebrated for its magnificent scenery of mountains, dales, lakes, and river, with some of the finest waterfalls in New Zealand. “Gentle Annie” (3,200 feet), Mount Cameron (3,800 feet), and Kawita (4,000 feet) are easily accessible, and afford magnificent panoramic views from their summits. Game is plentiful, the lakes and rivers are well stocked with trout, and pig-hunting and deer-stalking are also obtainable. The country is devoted exclusively to sheep-farming.



Mr. Alexander Macdonald, formerly proprietor of the Kuripa-pango Hotel, was born in Edinburgh in the year 1830. He subsequently worked on the gold-fields in California, Australia, and New Zealand, and finally settled in the latter country. He took over the Kuripa-panga Hotel, which was destroyed by fire in 1901. Mr. Macdonald then took up sheep-farming, which he has since successfully conducted.