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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 65

From Hawera to Opunake

From Hawera to Opunake.

You leave Hawera by the well-kept high road that follows the coast line, having the mountains in sight the whole way, and a very pleasant drive it is through the Waimate plains, dotted with innumerable native pahs and with the thriving homesteads of European settlers. Every now and then, when the clematis is in flower, and the rest of the bush bright with the wealth of native page 63 flowers, you get a constant succession of picturesque bits, it is rather aggravating, as the coach rolls remorselessly on without regard to the landscape.

There are several hamlets on the road, but Manaia is the only place approaching a township, and the streets seemed thronged, [unclear: chiefly] with Maoris. Otakeo and Oeo are merely hotels and stores, the latter not even having a Post Office, but the wealth of the plains is in the rich land that abounds, aftording, as it will do in the future, work to thousands.

There are few places of interest on the route to Opunake, except Maori Pahs, a few deserted redoubts, and the homesteads of the Europeans. The rivers are all beautiful and would probably make good trout streams. There is Egmont always grand on your right, and very considerably changed in shape he is by the time you arrive at Opunake.