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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 9 (December 1, 1934)

The City of the Plains

The City of the Plains.

A private visit to the celebrated Longbeach estate of Mr. Grigg will give the Duke much-needed rest and a quiet look around at big-scale farming and a taste of the country's sport. Then a couple of days at Christchurch, the “Garden City,” with its abundance of garden beauty, its bright little river that winds like a girdle about its parks, its air of long-settled repose, though it is ten years younger than cither Wellington or Auckland.

And the farewell to the Island will take the Australia, bearing the Prince, through rocky sea-gates that are even bolder than the harbour mouth by which he entered the Dominion, for Lyttelton Heads are the walls of one of those ancient volcanoes but for which all this Canterbury coast would have been a dead monotony of far-spread-out levels.

Haere ra! at Lyttelton Heads to the Royal visitor. He will not yet leave New Zealand behind him, however, for there is sport awaiting him at the Bay of Islands. A touch of the deep sea thrill of swordfish hunting, and a look around at such places as storied Waitangi and easy-going Russell, ex Kororareka; and it will be with the desire to come again, one trusts, that he will finally wave good-bye to these islands where the godwit takes its flight for the mysterious north, to return each season with the summer warmth.

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