The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 45
There are two routes now open to the traveller, one across country from Napier, and the other by sea to Tauranga. As the majority of tourists have only time enough at their disposal to make a hurried trip to the page 64 principal places of interest, we would strongly advocate the Tauranga route. Should the tourist, however, desire to first visit Taupo, his best plan will certainly be to take the cross route. Although the scenery from Napier to Taupo is very beautiful, still the inconveniences inseparable from coach travelling, mar the pleasure of the journey to some extent. The trip by steamer to Tauranga, on the contrary, is most enjoyable. It occupies less than two days, and several fine sights are observable on this route. The rising town of Gisborne is called at, and an interesting feature of the passage is White or Sulphur Island, which lies between the latter town and Tauranga. There are many boiling springs on White Island, and extensive beds of sulphur are deposited over it.