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

Our Richest Gold Mine

Our Richest Gold Mine.

Many millions worth of bullion have been won from New Zealand's gold mines, but the great treasure-producer of the future will be the Dominion's tourist traffic. The Prime Minister is a great believer in the possibilities of this always-increasing business; a widely travelled man himself he well knows that there is nothing in the world to surpass these Islands in natural wonders and wild beauty. When in Nelson some time ago, opening a new bridge to develop the back country, Sir Joseph Ward spoke of the great national importance to New Zealand of developing the means of travel and opening new and strange sights.

“Not even the great meat and dairy industries,” he said, “will bring into this country as much as the tourists will leave behind them.”