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THE GOVERNOR'S TOUR.

; EAST COAST TEEP COXCLUDBD. \ A DELIGHTFUL DKHTE. (By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.) " I ' EOTORUA, Tuesday. I, Tie Governor's visit -to the East Coast r was brought to a conclusion this morn- [ ing, when the vice-regal party left , Whakatane shortly after 8 o'clock ty . special coaches for Kotorua. It had ; been intended that his Excellency should ; make the long journey oi nearly 60 miles I by motor car, but the recent heavy rains > rendered this impossible, though the j roads were in good condition for coach- . ing. The drive inland from the sea coast . to the thermal region is for a consider- . able distance one of the prettiest in tha t North Island, and as the day waa beautij fully fine and clear, the journey -was L keenly enjoyed. Crossing the Whakat tane river by boat soon after leaving ; the township and the ferry over the , Eangitaiki at Teteko—ls miles inland— I add a little variety to the trip in it 3 j earliest stages, and the remainder of the [ rcmre passes through such beautiful ! scenery thafc the time passes only too •quickly. Extensive areas of flats and. , flax swamps stretch from the seaboard , to the foot of 'Mt. Edgecumbe, whose , high truncated cone dominates the land- , sf:upe for miles round, and then the [ land gradually rises to the forest-clad I "nills, in which nes-tle that lovely chain , of lakes Itotoma, Kotoehu, Uotoiti, and Kotorua. The road wind* round the shores of these exquisite sheets of water and through the lorest of the intervening ranges with an endless succession of charming vistas. His Excellency brake the journey at Teteko to pay a visit to the school, the Xative scholars giving him a most ■ hearty welcome. The party had lunch at the second stage, the accommodation , house, a tiny blue cottage with hop vines over it, picturesquely situated at the ( edge of the bush at the head of Lake I Eotoma. Rotorua was reached just be- . fore dark, and his Excellency stayed at . the Grand Hotel. The Hon. A. T. Xgata remained behind i at Whakatane to complete the arrangei ments with the Euatoki Natives for the . opening up of a consid?rable > area ol I land in the Urewera. This will have . an important bearing on the prosperity ; of this part of the coast, and particu- . larly the Whakatane Valley. , His Excellency has been greatly pleased - with his tour of the East Coast, and i the thing that interested him greatly . and gave him the utmost satisfaction i was the marked advance made by the , Maoris in matters pertaining to sanii tation and farming, t From Rotorua the Governor goes to , Palmerston North by rail, and possibly •on to Wellington. He tlien goes to the • Wairarapa for three or four days' deer- ! stalking. Among his subsequent, engagements are the judging of the University , debating tournament ia Wellington on , the 10th April, and laying the foundation . stone of the new Wanganui College buildl ings on the 13Ui. He arrives in Aucki land on tiie 15th, and a Government i House party, including 'Lady Plunket, will ■ leave in the Tutanekai on a vieit to . the many places of interest on the nor- : them coast. The trip will be continued , down the West Coast, calling at the . various ports, and his Excellency hopes . specially to visit the Kawhia harbour. : He was on a former occasion prevented ; from entering owing to fogs. "The trip ends on the sth May at New, Plymouth, , where his Excellency attends the annual . meeting of the Grand Lodge oi Pree- • masons.

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THE GOVERNOR'S TOUR. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 77, 31 March 1909

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