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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 1 (April 2, 1934.)

The Devil's Punchbowl

The Devil's Punchbowl.

A spectacular waterfall, which is one of the chief glories of that place of glorious sights, was named the Devil's Punchbowl by Sir Arthur Dudley Dobson, when he made his first traverse of the Bealey River at the time of discovering the pass. Mrs. Robert Wilson, writing in the “Land of the Tui” (1894), remarks that, “judging from the frequency of this designation in many countries, His Satanic Majesty is everywhere supposed to have an almost human predilection for this form of beverage.”