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THE SUTHERUND FALL

The followi )g description of thi*B|ncwlyfound attrnotioD 1o tourists is given by tho epocial reporter of tho Otago "Daily Times ":- TUB HBBT VIEW .OF THE FALLS is obtained from the track at a distance of a lit Jo lobb than two miles. From that poin^, however, only about threa parts of tho uppor leap is Boon on account of the bußh which iatcrcoptd the view. Tho war or, m a sheet of white foam, is soon ifauloa from a narrow defile m tbo rock, ' while Mount Sutherland on the . right rinos 2000 ft above it, culminating m a fine sharp peak, which is bo steep that very litt!o snow lies upon it. Then on tho right there it aoothor fine rocky mouutnin namod Mount Dart, after Mr Uarf, tho pbotogr«phor, <f Invercargill, who w&i tho first visitor to sco tho fal'. Following the track from the birch hut you como upon a little hil', which Mr Adams Ia? appropriately named View Mount, which saems to have boon placed thero for tho express purpose of uffording the tourist a view of the falls. It is from hero thut one getß the first comprehensive view ofgtho falls, an\ the effect m described as a very fine one, all but a little piece of the final leap being soen. Having approached so far, it is now observed th«t the fall comos down over a cliff, which eooms quite perpendicular, m threo grand leap.". The water, wh : ch conßtitutes about one-half of the entire volume of tho Arthur river — Or ip, m other words, equal m quantity to the volume of the Bowen Fulls — issuec, us haß been already statoJ, from a narrow defile m the rock at the top of the precipice. Jt then makes one grand loap of 815 ft into a rcoky basin on the faoc of the cliff. Iflauing forth once more, it makes hnother fino leap of 751 ft, and thin goes tumbling headlong m 000 wild daßh of 338 ft into the pool right at the foot of the precipice. It will thns be Boon that THE TOTAL HEIGHT OF THE FALL is 1904 ft, thus making it the highest waterfa'l that has yet boon discovered m the world. Procoeding right on to tho pool, at the foot, at the expeoß*. however, of gettiug drenched with tho spray, a splendid vierr of the whole fall from top to bottom m obtained, and when tho sun is ehinipg the effect is enhanced by a beautiful rainbow with colors of the moat brilliant kind conceivable This bow is nearly a full oirole, and tho closer you get to it the smaller it grows till it is right m front of your face —a brillianthoed ring a yard m diameter. Mr Adams was loud m bis praiseß of this most beauti ful phenomenon. Ho said it was quito possible to go right up to it till it appeared almost to encircle your head, and ho said <( ono might easily imagine himeelf ono of the saints going into Paradiao with a halo round his head." Unlike moßt falls of great height, this ono does not fall m spray on arcount of the great volume of its waters, and consequently it comes down with a tremendous roar. It is impossible, however, to suy how far away it can be heard, for no matter where you go m the valley of tho Arthur river, its roar i» drowned by the voice of tho near rapids, with which tho river abounds, Just beside the fall, Js a ehoworbath, which Mr Adding thinks is about 300 ft high, and must be the highest ever discovered. As very few people have anything but a correct idea of heights exceeding a thousand feet, it wii perhaps be interesting and instruotivo to institute A OOMPABISON with somo more familiar objeot of which tho height is known. Let us take for this purpose the eteoplo of Knox Church which is 160 ft high. Lot tho reader then imagine a precipice 12 times as high, down whioh a great volume of water ie pouring, with mountains, snowcapped, towering yet another 2000 ft above tho spot from whence the utroam is isiuing, and then he will have Borne Blight conception of tho graudeurof the famous Butherlani Waterfall. The pool into whioh it falls is 2£ obains long and 1^ chain broad, with great stones whioh have at some time or other come down the fall lying strewn about.

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THE SUTHERUND FALL, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1984, 31 October 1888

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THE SUTHERUND FALL Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1984, 31 October 1888

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