The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 45
The country around Te Anau, Manipori, and the smaller lakes which lie close to them, is of a most picturesque character. We remember meeting with a gentleman in Dunedin page 19 a, few years ago who had just returned from a visit to this district, and he assured us that in some respects the Te Anau Lake country surpassed Killarney. He had, a few years back, spent some months in the County of Kerry, in which the world-renowned lakes are situated, and being an amateur artist, he was therefore capable of giving an opinion on the relative beauties of the places. Killarney, he stated, had the advantage over Te Anau, inasmuch as art had assisted nature to a considerable extent; but still the latter region delighted him by its wild and romantic surroundings.
If circumstances will not permit a divergence to Te Anau, the tourist will proceed on his journey through the Dome Pass and the rising township of Athol, and he will arrive at Kingston early in the afternoon. The journey through occupies less than six hours, and if the traveller is fortunate in having good weather, the ride cannot fail to prove a most enjoyable one.