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

Towards the Whakatane

Towards the Whakatane.

Mr. Hillman Rua advised us that to cover the ground mapped out for our journey the party should retrace its steps to Papatotara Junction, where we had previously camped. This information was not received with enthusiasm, for the thought of again tramping that thirteen miles with heavy packs was not pleasing. However, Rua very kindly strapped the “pikau nui” on one of his steeds, and, leaving Maungapohatu at 9.30 a.m. we were at the Junction preparing for the continuation of the journey to Ruatahuna, via Te Waiti, within a few hours. That night we camped at the head-waters of the Whakatane and were welcomed in the usual native fashion by all the neighbourhood.