Station Life In New Zealand
Christchurch is very prettily situated; for although it stands on a perfectly flat plain, towards the sea there are the Port Hills, and the town itself is picturesque, owing to the quantities of trees and the irregular form of the wooden houses; and as a background we have the most magnificent chain of mountains--the back-bone of the island--running from north to south, the highest peaks nearly always covered with snow, even after such a hot summer as this has been.
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I really enjoyed reading this book - as well as painting a picture of what life here was like in 1865(which is very diferent to today!), it is very readable - captivating almost! It is obviously from the perspective of a lady of some status, but much of what she observes describes all layers of society.