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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 45

The Taupo Country

The Taupo Country.

And now, having rested and refreshed himself at Ohinemutu, the tourist will have to decide upon his next course of action. Should he decide upon taking a fly through the Taupo Country, a coach runs regularly between Ohinemutu and Tapuwaeharuru, and the distance is about 55 miles. This latter place should be made the tourist's head quarters, and from it he can inspect Lake Taupo and its surrounding wonders. It would take a good-sized volume to describe the marvels to be met with in this wild and romantic region. The mighty cauldrons, the steaming geysers, the lovely rivers, the pretty lakes, the picturesque islands, and the native villages which are scattered all over the Taupo district, are worthy of much more space than we can afford to devote to them in the present work. The Waikato country affords ample scope for descriptive writing, so varied are the sights and scenes to be met with all over page 78 it. The artist can find grand work for his pencil and brush, the poet can give full flight to his imagination, and the novelist can collect rich material for his romances in this portion of New Zealand. Innumerable Maori legends are easily procurable around Taupo, and anyone with a taste for sensational tale writing, would find a rich harvest of extraordinary incidents awaiting him here. Every mountain and lake has its legend, and we will just cite a short one of these in connection with Taupo. It is taken from the pages of the Southern Guide.