TO THE EDIXOn. After twenty .years of oonat-nt toil, my wife and I were enabled (through' the kindness of another postal official who waß on leave) to get away for a few days 1 We siezed the opportunity of a short holiday, aod decided to take a trip to Hanmer. We left Christchurch on Thursday last, arrived at Culverden at 12.40. The journey in the train was delightful, but was excelled by the motor car to Hanmer. We arrived at Hanmer at 3.10 pm. after having experienced one of the most pleasant trips of our lives The soenery on the route was beautiful, mountains towering thousands of feet übove us on one side and the beautful Waiau met flowing past you on the other. On our arri--val we were met by our genial host, Mr W. J. Thomas, of Clarence Hous-, L T >f rtunately, tbe weather turned out mis. . npropitious, and we had a very cold im>e, but, we were out for a holiday, aud we had it in spite of the weather. We learned.that vtsi tors to Hanmer at this time of tbe year aie few and far between, but we managed t pick up with 6ome very interesting people at Clarence House, who were an entertainment in themselves. The consequence was we had a rattling good time, for which we feel much better than we did on our d partun. We made many friends during our short, stay, and have quite a number of invitations to come to Hanmer and Btay wi h tbem, but it may be years before another opportunity occurs which wilt allow us to get away together. Mow what I went most is to dr** the attention of the local body whi ;a n : the affairs of the township ot Unuam to th, state of tbe streets. The little u.wiiHtrp i composed of beautiful buildings, the tana torium id absolutely perfect aod the baths are in every way better than Kotorua, wbicii 1 visited some twelve months ago Whit st uek me most w.is cne negligible way in which the Streets were kept near the post office, aud Sanatorium grounds where water is al lowed to accumulate, and where a man with a shovel could let it run into a natural channel in live minutes. I made enquiries from various influential persons wih regard to this matter Tbe answer \sas in all cases tbat it was under the jurisdiction ol tbe Government, that tbe Amuri Coumy Council were the governing body, but they received practically no rates, and could not spent other people's money on Hanmer. 1 suggested that £20 would make great improvements. The answer lo this suggestion was, much to my suiprise, "Lord biese you sir, the Council don't get £20 of rates in twenty years out ; of Hanmer." But quite apart from tha- small sum the Council receives from this delightful pleasure resort, I think it is due to them to pay a, little more : ribt' in, a .position to* do *n,: request! the'Gbyefp; ment to take Rtepsto mend matters In some way." In conversation with others, we were" unanimously ■. agreed .that, th* state of, the streets were au absolute disgrace 7to the' County which controls them, or the Government, w;.o, we are afterwards informed, w>re the responsible party. One other little defect I would like to poiut out to the authorities and that is the entrance to the •zigzag track - to the t.p of Conical Hill, where a. small resting place was, I under stand, ereoted by Mr Rutherford entirely at his own expense, with a view to giving visitors to Hanu er ~ chance of seeing tne plains and township from an elevated position. The entrance from the main st.eet to tbe zigzag is only a few chains, but, sir, an absolute disgrace to the district. Tne road is formed and metalled up to a certain point, and then you run up against some acres of manuka scrub. Tbe only track to get through' is one used by milkmen to bring their cows down morning and evening, and it is Ankle deep in mud Your only cbance of getting through is to cling to the wires of a fence which runs parallel with this abominable track. However, as soon as yon reach the z g zag you have lovely walk! g, dr> and clean, and at every turn tbere >>. i u.i • n nice &eaC Soiue of ttie&e JaaVd bic, jj. nc. ii by well wishers. We rested 0.. mutiy of them. When you reach the t(p, t c pusuiun lis absolutely lovely. A view ol ijiuiiutr is | obtainable- the plantations ai d the township are befoie you and you fed lo.h to leave this most desirable sput. In company wuh others, we climb down alt r a go d outing, dinner, and rff to the oaths, which we hod closed. However, a stroll to the Sanatorium gardens suffices. We wauder home and start the pianolu, and have a splendid afternoon. On toonday batns follow. Ou Tuee r day we leave for (Julverden by motor, a lovely ride, tt-ka our ua v lor Chtistchur, h at 3.25 p.m , aud arrive at 7 pm after one if tbe most fcij.ijaoiu tiip-i that man aud wife can possibly luve. I am, etc , i
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HANMER., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 439, 26 May 1914
HANMER. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 439, 26 May 1914
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