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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 45



This settlement is situated about 38 miles from Tauranga and 56 miles from Taupo. The Maori element pre- page 65 ponderates here, and a good opportunity is afforded the tourist to become acquainted with some of the peculiar characteristics of the native race. There are two good hotels here, in each of which superior accommodation is obtainable. As the tourist should make Ohinemutu his head quarters, we will proceed to give him all necessary information relative to the district. Whakarewarewa is two and a-half miles; Sulphur Point, one mile; Roto Kawa Lake, four miles; and Tikitere eleven miles distant from Ohinemutu. There is a capital road leading to Wairoa, a distance of 10 miles, which is the starting point to Rotomahana. Attached to both hotels, "The Ohinemutu," and "The Rotorua," are bathing houses, supplied with water from the hot sulphur springs, which are plentiful all over the place. Those who suffer from rheumatism, nervous complaints, cutaneous and spinal disorders, will find a marvellous remedy for their complaints in this warm sulphurous water. Their efficacy has been attested by thousands of tourists who have gained almost immediate relief by judicious bathing. In connection with the hotels mentioned there are well-laid-out gardens. The Maori whares should be inspected, and the Runanga or meeting-house will also repay a visit. This edifice is ornamented with a number of quaintly-carved figures, intended to illustrate the pedigree of the dominant tribe in the district.

Having procured the services of a guide, the traveller should first confine his exploration to the immediate vicinity. Within a radius of less than a mile he will find boiling springs by the score. Within two miles distance of the township lies a region of mud springs named