Friday 4th May 1917

The wind had changed during the night to the E and there was a big sea coming in with driving showers.

At 6am the “Mako” sounded her horn in the bay so I got up, paid my bill at the Hotel and went down to the stables, and McKeddie took the passengers down to the wharf in a coach and we got on board at about 8.30am in time for breakfast, a young fellow named Marcus Morris a shepherd at Becket’s station was going up for a holiday, and we occupied the same cabin, he came from Leicester my native place, he had been out here only three years, we had great chats together about the old place, and he showed me a book of views of Leicester. There were also on board a lot of Maoris going to Auckland and we had two in our cabin. Mrs Hawkins and family were also on board going to Cape Runaway where they have a small station. Mr Hawkins has left the Hotel at Te Araroa, the present landlord being a Mr Harvey. There was also on board a Maori parson Revd Hakaraia Pahewa and we had great talks together.

The sea was very rough going to Cape Runaway but when we got there we were in shelter.