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1892. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. THERE is a natural inclination to
suppose that, because the three islands are included under the
single name of New Zealand, they must be all alike. But they are
widely different. They might, so far as physical geography is
concerned, be called different countries, in the same sense as
England is a different country from Spain. The latitude they cover
is surprising. Although in size they are rather less than Great
Britain and Ireland, yet the extremes are as far apart as Newcastle
and Naples. There is, of course, a variety of temperature. Auckland
is semi-tropical, while the climate of Dunedin is not unlike the
climate of the Isle of Wight. But the climate of New Zealand is
everywhere variable. When Mr. Augustus Sala, who visited the colony
during our stay, was asked how he liked the climate of New Zealand,
he inquired, "Which?" And the Americans say there is no climate,
but only samples. Westland is wet, and Canterbury is dry. The
rainfall at Hokitika is almost five times as great as it is at
Christchurch. Again, the North Island is volcanic, the South Island
is alpine. The scenery is quite different. It differs as much as
the scenery of Kent from that of the canton of Berne. And the
people are different. The North Island is still Maori-land, and
contains some forty thousand natives, tattooed and independent. The
South Island is as British as Britain, and the thinly scattered
fifteen hundred Maoris are ordinary Christian villagers. They have,
no doubt, a few little superstitions about sorcery, romantic pets
with which they have found it hard to part, but not more, perhaps,
than the Derbyshire peasant, who cures his little child of the
whoopingcough by passing it three times under a briar that has
layered itself, chanting all the time--"Under ...
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