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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 45



A run to this place will afford the tourist an opportunity of inspecting the remains of one of the most powerful Maori Pahs in the Colony. The ride by rail occupies less than an hour. On arrival at Kaiapoi, any of the residents will direct the tourist to the Pah, where he can amuse himself for a few hours. This was the scene of one of the most frightful massacres in the history of New Zealand. The celebrated chief and bloodthirsty warrior Te Rauparaha, after conquering the greater portion of the North Island, from Kawhia Harbour to Wellington, invaded the Middle Island and laid siege to Kaiapoi. After capturing the place, he massacred hundreds of men, women, and children, and he and his tribe feasted on the bodies of their foes, and held high festival for weeks together around the ovens in which the victims were roasted. So terrible was the slaughter on this occasion at Kaiapoi, that not many years since cart-loads of bones were gathered up around the Pah. Even now, numerous ghastly remnants of the frightful feast are to be found in the locality. The visitor will find the Maoris at Kaiapoi very communicative and obliging, and if he manages to drop across one of the old warriors (of whom there are a few still living) who took part in the defence of Kaiapoi, he may be able to hear some interesting legends concerning the deeds of "Bloody Rauparaha," as the great Northern Chief is still called by the Maoris of the Middle Island.

Port Lyttelton, which is only 7 miles from Christchurch, should not be left unvisited. The tunnel through which the train passes is the longest in the Colony. Lyttelton harbour is one of the finest ports on the New Zealand coast. There is always a large fleet of merchantmen at anchor here, and one or more of the U.S.S. Co.'s fine steamers is page 41 generally to be found at one of the principal wharves. The shipping trade of Lyttelton is extensive, and vessels of very heavy tonnage are constantly arriving at this port.

And now, if the tourist can afford the time, we would strongly recommend him to take a trip to