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TAURANGA.

(Coni inne( ? .) Tauhanoa town is situated on tho Knsfc Coist, about liO miles from Auckland,-*™* i* reached by steamer trom that place in 17 hours or over, according to the weather. The township is bsiilt on ths a good frontage road 45ft. wide how under foostruction. 1 his road is to bo meed with limb.-r, n„ { runs trom the wharf along the beach, a distance of ebou* 10 chains. The wharf is a strong structure against which vessels not drawing more than 7ft. or Bft. can lav. McR-of-Wiir and odier large vessels can find safe anchorage about nae mile inside the harbour Opposite what is termed the Maketu Mound. Boats and cutters drawing under fjf't can, when inside tho go a distance of about 25 miles to the Aatikati, and of course call at 'various points on the wav, as Omokoroa, Matahin, Mat.abana, and Te Jvuiri Poitn, from which places access can bs had to the interior; also in this direction is tho Wairoa River, up which v -ssels can go as far as tho falls, a distance from lauranga of about 13 m»k>s. The Beach Bond of Tauranga is at present tho mam street, having two largo and commodious hotels, with stores, catchers’, and bakers’ shops, &e. Other streets are laid olf at right angles, and are already beginning to assume a business aspect, as wo find other stores, another baker’s shop, a, saddlery establishment, smithy, aad private dwelling houses. But the greater number of private dwelling bouses are some distance from the beach. Tho old Mission sohool house is now converted into public offices. Here one will find Telegraph, Post, and Public Works Offices 5 also, Resident Magistrate's Court. Paumnga also beads of a Mechanics* Institute, containing nnreo rooms, viz. t Public reading room! “orary. and chess room., The redoubt, (called the Monmouth) has been lately re-constructed, and with its commodious barracks occupied by the Armed Constabulary, at once attracts tho eye of the visitor. Ihe re is another redoubt (the Durham) in whicli are two buddings one us d as a hospital, tho other as a Government store. There are two places of worship —the Mission chapel, near the Archdeacon’s residence, and the Catholic chapel, a very neat building on the Cameron Road. ■ On leaving the town, a walk of little more than a quarter of a mile will bring one to the “Quarter-acres ” th"t portion of the township set apart for military settlers. Here are numbers of cottages and gardens' and a new school built on a reserve, which, beine four acres in extent, will, when fenced in, provide an excellent play-field for the children. . ter leaving the Quarter-acres, tho traveller can either go straight on the main road to Gate Pa or Greej-ton or turn down the Judea Road, go over tho b-idge on to tfieOtnmoemi side. In going to Greerlon he will pass a great deal of foimcd hind. well-find down in grass. Greerton itself, another military township, nos a gooc many cottages, with numbers of lots well mneed and cultivated. It is three miles from Taupe ga beach by a good road, which here branches off towards Oropi; it is the road to the Lake country. Beyond Greerton are several farms, one about ten milesdrnm Tauranga, On ,he Otumoetai side, and following the water frontage,you would pass several houses and well-grassed lantJs. One object; the visitor should never negfictI mean the old Caiholio chapel ; it i 8 the work of natives and beautifully finished. 1 hero are several farms on the Omamiwa Road, beyond Otumoetai, the largest being Co'onel Harin*ton s, having a frontage to the Wairoa river. Although the open lands in 1 auranga are destitute ot trees, the mam forest by one road, can be reached m twelve miles. Most of she firewood and timber is brought by boat, from the roast. , Tauringa bids fair to become a fine agricultural district Ihe soil is good, end tho climate the best on the Bast Coast. It is very conveniently situated and its water communication is unrivalled. TRAV.ET.nKH.

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Bay of Plenty Times, Bay of Plenty Times, Volume I, Issue 8, 28 September 1872

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TAURANGA. Bay of Plenty Times, Volume I, Issue 8, 28 September 1872

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