“MT. EGMONT” OPENING THE NEW SYME HUT

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Main Title: THE NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT PUBLICITY OFFICE Presents “Mt. EGMONT” OPENING THE NEW SYME HUT.
Intertitle: “Mt. Egmont, monarch of Taranaki’s fertile plain, has long been a favourite mountain resort of New Zealand’s North Island. The new high-level Syme Hut, erected by the Park Board and the Alpine Club, provides another asset to the Egmont National Park.
“New Plymouth, whence a party traversed the mountain to attend the opening ceremony.””
View over NP towards Mount Taranaki.
“On the road to the Mountain Reserve.” Car driving a rough country road to the mountain.
“Hawera cars ascend the road past Dawson Falls.” Driving through native forest.
“Through moss draped trees of the forested lower slopes.” Trampers make their way through forest.
“Visiting parties approach across Fantham’s Peak.” Walking above the tree line to the new hut.
“New Zealand’s second highest mountain hut.” The trampers gathered outside the hut laughing and smoking.
“Luncheon 6,300 ft. above the sea.”
“A precarious vantage point on Fantham’s Peak.” Man standing on a rocky precipice high above the plains. View up to the summit of the mountain.
“Down through the clouds - the New Plymouth contingent arrives.”
“Mr. Armidt, Chairman of the Park Board, addresses the visitors prior to opening the hut.” The informally gathered crowd listen to Armit.
“An address from Mr. Walkeley, Chairman of the South Committee.”
“Mr. Hooker, President, expresses the thanks of the Alpine Club.” Tea and sandwiches in the hut.
“When winter’s snows desend, and fun and frolic rule.” Snow falls down outside a large country house. Arrival of a car. Children sliding down a snow blanketed roof.
“Cloud legions float across Mt. Egmonts snow-clad peak.”
“Alpine enthusiasts ascend the upper slopes.” Climbers with ropes on the slopes.
“Step by step up the icy way.” Cutting steps into the ice.
“A little rest and a little lunch.” Sitting in the snow boiling water and eggs, cutting bread.
“Sunset shadows slowly veil the gleaming peak.”

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Year 1930

Reference number F23980

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Duration 0:09:00

Production company New Zealand GOVERNMENT PUBLICITY OFFICE

Credits Camera: Herbert Howard Moulton Bridgman