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Identifier: womaninantipodes00hall
Title: A lady in the Antipodes and in the Far East
Year: 1914 (1910s)
Authors: Hall, Mary
Subjects: Australasia — Description and travel East Asia — Description and travel
Publisher: London : Methuen

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e aftervillage lie on either side. The steamer known as at a number of busy wharves, and eitherembarked or disembarked modest organizations bound for atribal meeting, or a Tangi, or maybe on their way tofriends. Normally speaking, they are somewhat frowsy inappearance, and there is usually a slovenly feeling, in mymind, about a shawl-covered head. Nonetheless, amongst theseshawls one typically catches sight of a vibrant bit of colour.Now and once again 1 sees a quite young woman who, if ofany standing, has her chin and lips tattooed. In any casemuch hongi or nose-pressing is indulged in. Wanganui is a pretty township situated on the banks ofthe river, five miles from its mouth. It has about ii,oooor 12,000 inhabitants, and is the centre of a thriving dis-trict. I was predestined to have an enjoyable 3 weekswith most hospitable, and what is more to the point, con-genial folks. I went to them a stranger, and think Imay venture to say, I left a friend. My subsequent move was in a north-westerly direction, to the

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WAIOURU TO NELSON 89 Taranaki district, whose outstanding function is MountEgmont, 8260 feet high, at the foot of which is situatedthe desirable small town and port of New Plymouth. New Plymouth has 1 of the most artistic and delight-ful organic Botanical Gardens I have ever seen. There arealso some pleasant walks by the sea on paths amid green-covered sand dunes, and more than gentle slopes. I came acrossa lady here whom I had met in Masterton, and she and I,with two resident ladies, formed a hen celebration, and choos-ing a fine day, started in a motor for the mountain. It was a delightful run of fifteen miles to the boundaryof the Forest Reserve. Right after crossing the line beyondwhich the Government is endeavouring to retain the pristinebeauties of bush and fern land, we toiled up and up, wait-ing now and once again to cool off the water, until we reached anelevation of 3200 feet at the Mountain Property, whence acommanding view is obtained over the nation, and Ruapehuis observed inside bowing distance.

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