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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 7 (December 1, 1932)

A Wonderful Panorama

A Wonderful Panorama.

A few more steep pinches, and at last the summit, and the trig, with triumphant fluttering of red and white drapings left by some previous climbers. The view is wonderful. Down in the mists of the east we catch a glimpse of Tauranga, the Mount, and Mayor Island. Nearer at hand is Waihi Beach, with the white lines of ocean breakers edging the deep blue of the ocean. Over on the horizon rise the tumbled masses of the Coromandel Ranges, crowned with Castle Rock, a noble landmark visible from Auckland itself. The silver glint of the Firth of Thames, the level expanse of the Hauraki Plains, catch the eye as the circling panorama is completed. And at the foot, stretching out to the western horizon are the splendid stretches of Waikato farmlands, cut with long, level roads, brightened with the steel-grey glint of the Waihou, winding its way out to sea. Pasture-lands, homes, groves of trees, distant mountains, and blue, blue sea—a wonderful and fascinating picture, from three thousand feet up in the sky!