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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 45

Te Ruato

page 71

Te Ruato.

This extensive native settlement is situated on the southwest shore of Rotoiti, and here a clean comfortable whare may be procured, but as our tourist and his companion or companions have their tent, this luxury can be dispensed with. From this point a short straight cut may be taken for Rotomahana. In treating of this place the Southern Guide observes:—

"At Te Ruato tourists will dispense with the boat and send it back to Ohinemutu, together with all superfluous articles, at the same time paying the boatmen, allowing, of course, for the day before them. Then with Native bearers to carry swags," who can be obtained for two or three shillings each, they will strike through the forest for Lake Okatina. The walk is a pleasant one in fine weather and should occupy not more than two hours. The high range Oteonatawa flanks the forest on its eastern side and towers high overhead to the left, where the open country abutting on the lake is reached."