February 19. The coast in plain view all day, picturesquely boldly sculptured by ice. Trees on distant mountains and hills, but very large areas cleared by fire for sheep pasture; a dismal policy fraught with ills, in great part irremedial. Arrived Napier, a small thriving town with artificial harbor made of concrete blocks of great size, and magnificent beach, and boulevard (a mile or more long) lined with row of Auricaria excelsa [Norfolk pine], a lofty sheer bluff. Leave at 8:00pm. February 20. Arrive at Gisborn [Gisborne] about 10:00am, discharge cargo and passengers and take on some by tender while at anchor, a mile or so from shore. Hereabouts the same sad signs of disforestment are visible on all the available hills and mountains. The water along the shore is very beautiful in color; green pure and lively blue and purple.
Original journal dimensions: 9 x 15.5 cm.
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