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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 62



Here we are at the foot bridge which spans the small rivulet on the other side of which we are met by the Maori authorities, who levy a toll of 6d., as they are empowered to do. The place swarms with them. They surround us, proceed us, mostly Maori damsels anxious to show us the way and equally desirous to receive a "hickipenny" (sixpence), which they are not slow to solicit. At one of the hot bathing places they are all anxious to dive for a penny. We anticipate fun, and several are thrown, and the girls enter the water and soon have the pennies without diving, as they sit on the bottom and quietly pick them up with their hands. We are sold. The chief wonder is the great geyser, which is in eruption very frequently, a vast column of boiling water being thrown up a height of sixty feet every few minutes. The whole country abounds in marvels too numerous to be particularised, and all of which must be seen to be page 61 believed. This Hot Springs District extends from Mounts Tongariro and Ruapehu in a N.'N.E. direction for about 150 miles to White Island, in the Bay of Plenty.