Voices from Auckland, New Zealand.
Hokianga on the west coast, is a noble river, navigable for large ships for 18 miles; and vessels of 600 tons can go up 25 miles and load with spars or native produce. There are no roads in the district, but nature has allowed the original native tracks to remain; the nearest one, being to the Bay of Island, is 18 miles, by which a mail is carried fortnightly by the natives. The trade of the district is the celebrated Admiralty spars, gum, wheat, maize, bacon, and potatoes. The character of the district is rugged and very hilly, and about 3000 natives, all quiet, peaceable, and very industrious.