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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 45

Wellington to Napier

Wellington to Napier.

"Leaving Wellington harbour, the tourist finds himself going to the eastward, past Pencarrow Head, and Taourakira Cape, and across the wide and deep Palliser Bay. Cape Palliser is its eastern extremity. The bay is a dangerous place to sailing vessels caught, when in its jaws, by heavy south-east weather. From point to point it is 19 miles wide. The land at the back of the bay is high, rugged, and uninviting in appearance, clothed as it is, with russet brown, faded green herbage. Still it bears a good name for sheep-feeding, and from Wellington right round to Napier, is sub-divided into runs, carrying thousands of sheep.

"Cape Palliser passed, the steamer heads to the northward along the coast, skirting the latter if the weather is fine. The first feature of interest met with is the Kahau Rocks, grouped in the form of a small island, and situated two miles from the mainland and 29 from Cape Palliser. The steamer gives them a wide berth, for there is foul ground far outside them. 10 miles north of them is Flat Point, two miles off which are dangerous submerged rocks. Thirty miles beyond this is Castle Point, so named from the formation of the hill above it. There is a small harbour page 62 there occasionally used by coasting craft. Twenty-two miles from Castle Point is Cape Turnagain, rendered notable by its association with the far-famed circumnavigator, Captain Cook, who was more than once turned back by heavy weather whilst attempting to pass it—and so bestowed upon it the name it bears.