“I thought it [The Port Hills] very beautiful. It is volcanic, brown and dry – intervals of crumbling soil, then wiry tussock of the very hardest grass. Then perhaps a flax bush, more crumbly dry soil mixed with fine grass, then more tussock. Volcanic Rock everywhere cropped out sometimes red and soft, sometimes black and abominably hard. There was a great deal of a prickly scrub they call Irishman. I don’t like the look of it at all. There were some cattle browsing where they could, but it seemed they had a poor time of it”.
Samuel Butler ~ 1859
* World Famous Author*