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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 68


page 49


The scenery of the country traversed by the line is of the most varied and picturesque character, and when it becomes more known must draw sightseers from all parts of the world. There is to be found along the route a combination of Alpine forest, lake, and river scenery which is unsurpassed in the world. The Otira Gorge Arthur's Pass, is already known to some extent as one of the chief sights of New Zealand, but the lake and river scenery of Westland, being off the beaten track, are almost unknown to the ordinary tourist.

Lake Brunner, the beautiful, with its mild and sunny climate, its charming variety of forest, stream, and mountain scenery, is undoubtedly well adapted for a fature health and holiday resort for thousands of pleasure-seekers and careworn business men from Australia and other countries.

Lakes Kanieri, Mahinapua, Rotoiti, and Rotoroa vie with Lake Brunner in beauty; and indeed the whole of the district traversed by the line, its richness of foliage, its wealth of ferns, and its variety of minerals affords as wide and attractive a field for exploration to the botanist and the geologist as to the gold-seeker or to the mere Cher for beautiful scenery.