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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 45

Hawke's Bay

Hawke's Bay.

"The steamer now approaches Napier, and in due course passes Cape Kidnappers, the southernmost point in the great Hawke's Bay. The Cape is remarkable for its limestone formation and perpendicular bare face, with the strata clearly defined. Two conical-shaped rocks lie outside it. Ahuriri Bluff, another limestone formation with bare precipitous face, is plainly to be seen from the Cape at, the very bottom of Hawke's Bay, and on and about, it clusters the town of Napier, the capital of the Hawke's Bay district.

"Ahuriri Bluff projects seaward, and forms what there is of harbour at Napier. Vessels anchor on the north side of it. From Wellington to Napier is 200 miles, and the Union Company's boats pace it in about 20 hours. A small steamer conveys tourists and others from the larger one to the shore at the charge of 2s. 6d. each, which, however, is included in the fare from Wellington or elsewhere. A landing is easily effected in the Titikoura Creek, which is formed with wharves and is the port, such as it is, of the district. It runs by the Napier Spit, on which is erected a small but increasing township, chiefly comprising bonded stores, shipping agents' offices, and hotels. It is the town's outpost, and is situated about two miles from the principal streets on the north side of the bluff. On landing, the tourist will find himself face to face with a dozen "cabbies" vigorously touting for patronage. The fare to town is one shilling, and the road is good.