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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 6 (October 1, 1930)

Christmas Colour

Christmas Colour.

Lord Bledisloe, it is pleasant to observe, has already become a great admirer of our New Zealand flora. He has seen quite a lot of the country since his arrival, and he is likely to be more charmed still by what he is likely to see during the coming summer. For one thing he naturally has reserved his opinion of the colour scheme of the pohutukawa tree until he sees it in flower. His Excellency has a delight before him. if he chances to spend next Christmas in Auckland. One would like page 27 to suggest to him to spend Christmas out-of-doors, camping in one or other of the lovely bays around the Hauraki Gulf. There he will see the pohutukawa in all its glory of huge knotty trunk and twisted limb and gorgeous crimson blossom; the tree that loves the salt sea wind and the cliff-top, and that lines the coast with its glowing flower-showers for hundreds of miles.

One does not need to go far from Auckland City to see it at its best. Motutapu and Waiheke Islands have their splendid groves and single trees; and there are a hundred places of delight well beknown to the midsummer yachtsman and powerboat holiday cruiser. But one need not even cross the Gulf to see grand old clumps of the Christmas-tree. There is that famous grove on the beachside at Takapuna, trees centuries old. The old trees assume quite a different habit from that of the young specimens grown in our town parks. They become wild in their old age, grow just as they please, and sprawl about the cliffs and bays in all sorts of negligent easy postures. It is as if, grown wise with the centuries, they have decided that it is an artistic mistake to be prim and orderly, and so they crook their knotty old elbows and send down long straggly fingers for a drink, and expose their rugged roots quite shamelessly. And the older they are the more recklessly they beflower themselves with burning gold, at the season when the greatest number of mankind can get out-of-doors to admire them.

Rail Transport for Race Patrons. (Photo, W. W. Stewart.) A Race Special leaving Wellington for Trentham.

Rail Transport for Race Patrons.
(Photo, W. W. Stewart.)
A Race Special leaving Wellington for Trentham.