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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 65



Excursions to Tararua Ranges. Sea Beach, three miles.

Manawatu River.

Foxton is the port for the Manawatu district, on the river of that name, and is a well-built township, containing upwards of [unclear: 800] inhabitants. The public offices arc—Post, Telegraph, Public Works, Harbour Board, County Council, Public Library, and Town Board. There are three hotels, four churches, and the Government schools; all the Banks are represented, and a large public hall, in Main Street, is available for concerts, theatrical representations, &c.

The Manawatu is a bar river, and falls into the sea about three miles below the township. There is a good Government wharf, and the steamers Tui and Jane Douglas ply regularly between Foxton and Wellington, carrying passengers and cargo, the chief exports being timber, wool, butter, cheese, potatoes, &c. Although the soil is sandy about the town, on the outskirts it is of a very different character, and very fertile, enabling the occupiers to grow almost anything. The climate is mild, and, the district being very considerably sheltered by the Tararua Ranges, is of an unusually healthy nature. A coach runs daily between Foxton and Wellington, and, after passing the long beach drive, the road runs through some of the most magnificent scenery in this part of the Island.