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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 65

Wanganui to New Plymouth

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Wanganui to New Plymouth.

The traveller leaves Wanganui by the northern road and ascends the long hill bordered by the loveliest fern gullies, every now and then catching glimpses of the blue Pacific—down the hill again to the hamlet of Kai Iwi, with its pah, one hotel, station, and sprinkling of houses; up again on to the table land, past Maxwelltown, Nukumaru, Waitotara, to Waverley, where now all is a smiling country, prosperous, with well built houses, rich corn and pastures. A few years ago war was destroying all hope and ruining the settlers; all that is past, but the graves of the soldiers and settlers are dotted wherever the fighting took place, on the sandhills at Nukumaru, and at numerous places right on to Patea, or Carlyle, as it was once known as.