National Geographic : 1962 Apr
KODACHROMES( NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY Bombing with superphosphate and lime revitalizes grazing lands. In recent years air-minded New Zealanders have doubled grass yield. Sheepmen use planes to destroy grass-eating rabbits and deer. This pilot dusts the countryside near Wellington. Zealand. Once only whalers and sealers knew the indescribable beauty of these arms of the sea, their lofty sides hung with gleaming cataracts. Now armies of vacationists find sport and relaxation amid bush, sea, and mountain. The large government hotel at Milford Sound attracts thousands of tourists every year (page 504). We drove, the next day, across the Southern Alps into the province of Canterbury. A narrow road dropped us into the mountain township of Arthur's Pass, where Brake had spent his child hood. Austrians and Swiss have set tled here, instructing skiers and selling mountaineering equipment. Beyond Arthur's Pass we stopped at the sheep station of Grasmere, named after the poet Wordsworth's home in the English Lake District. Here tall and gentle author-farmer David McLeod, who came out from Scotland as a youth, showed us some of his 35,000 acres and demonstrated new mechanical methods of dusting sheep to kill parasites. McLeod is author of a series of tales about the lonely life of the high country, collected under the title of The Tall Tus sock. As we sat to dinner in his 100-year 496 Apple pickers sort Jonathans near Nelson. Many overseas visitors help to pay for their New Zealand holiday by harvesting fruit, hops, and tobacco.