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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73

Coaches At Jackson's

Coaches At Jackson's,

There is no more charming drive or walk than through the avenue close to Jackson's. The road runs for miles hemmed in by dense bush; in many cases the trees unite overhead and form leafy bowers, giving cool relief in the heat of a summer's day, while the undergrowth (principally composed of every variety of beautiful ferns and mosses), infringes on the track to the vehicle's wheels. Jackson's is the eastern terminus of the Midland Railway, and visitors for the West Coast now take train there for Greymouth, losing much of the beauty of the road. Close to the township, the river Teremakau runs, now spanned by a railway bridge some three hundred yards in length. Close by is Mount Alexander over 6,000 feet in height, a capital test for the climbing powers of most people, but the view from the summit is said to well repay the climber for his labours. Not far distant are two beautiful lakes, Poerua and Brunner. Our illustration, taken in light rain (which is not uncommon there), shows Jackson's Perry Range Hotel, with two of Cobb & Co.'s coaches in front.