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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 45



This island lies about five and a-half miles from Ohinemutu, and is situated in the centre of the lake. A landing is effected on it near a hot spring known as Hinemoa's Bath. There are several high rocky peaks on the island, and on one of these, named Te Rewarewai Hinemoa's lover is said to have discoursed the sweet music which wooed the lovely creature across the water. There are some charming spots on this island, and one of the most interesting of these is an elevated grassy plateau, which was at one time the site of Sir George Grey's residence. A luxurious growth of native trees here meets the view, and peaches, apples, cherries and figs cluster along the sloping uplands. A beautiful totara tree, the only one on the island, is an object of special attraction. On this island are buried some remarkable stone images, which are said to have been brought over from Hawaiki by the first Maori pioneers. It is stated that Sir George Grey is the only European who has been privileged to gaze upon those treasures.