The river AVaikato between Mangatawhiri and the sea has hitherto been almost unknown ; and 110 reliable information could be obtained of the character of its entrance. Absurd stories were current respecting the impracticability of the bar at its month; but investigation has dissipated all those, and Waikato has now proved to be the very bent harbour on the Went ('oast of the North Inland. It has a straight entrance from seaward, with a depth of 13 feet at (lie lowest spring tides, the mean rise being 8 feet, rendering the entrance available to merchant ships of large capacity. But good as is the entrance, the harbour iteelfis better still, well njieitere'l from every wind, having excellent < wie'tnniw wi'.h a bottom 'or s"iul and mud, ' i'iid '.will sufficient room for a numerous , ;kci. The nile for a town has been selected and : .surveyed by Mr. Reaphy—a town, in our ; opinion, destined speedily to become one ot ! the must important in New Zealand. H.M. j S.S. ' ik-lipso' is at present at anchor, in six ! fathoms, -witluu two hundred feet ol the j shore ; and the water runs deep close to the ■ site of the town.
The Colonial Government, we are happy to learn, are taking active measures for formation ol building yards, houses, a wharf, and other conveniences in order that this invaluable position may bo turned to immediate account in the conveyance of supplies to the future capital of Waikato. The iron steamers expected from Sydney by the 'Beautiful Star,' will be put together there. She was to leave Sydney 011 the fith, and may be expected to arrive 111 the Waikato 011 Sunday next. The ' Lady liarkly ' leaves on Thursday morning for Waikato .Heads, with a draft of j forty men front the 2nd Waikato Regiment, J a full company of which, under Captain j Antrobus, is to be stationed there. The 'Emma Eliza' is now lying at Onehunga, laden with timber and other materials for the wharf at Waikato, Mr. Daniel Simpson, with a strong party of workmen, proceeding thither to carry out the necessary works.
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PORT WAIKATO, New Zealand Herald, Volume I, Issue 12, 9 December 1863
PORT WAIKATO New Zealand Herald, Volume I, Issue 12, 9 December 1863
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