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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 78

Mount Egmont

Mount Egmont.

The greatest attraction of Taranaki is Mount Egmont (8,260 feet), which is not only one of the most beautiful, but also one of the most accessible mountains in the world. It may be ascended from New Plymouth and back in a summer's day. A drive of about fifteen miles from town brings one to the Forest Reserve, whence a drive of four miles through the primeval forest on a good road with an easy grade takes one to the mountain house, where decent accommodation can be obtained at a very moderate tariff (beds 1/- and meals 4/6 per day), or, if preferred, visitors can take their own bedding and provisions, paying 1/- per day, each, for bunks and cooking

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Mount Egmont, Taranaki N.Z., from North Mountain House in Mid Winter.

Mount Egmont, Taranaki N.Z., from North Mountain House in Mid Winter.

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utensils. The 1/- is also levied in the case of those who are provided for by the caretaker, in addition to his tariff. A private cottage containing two sleeping rooms and a living room may be hired by parties at a rental of £2 per week for four, or £3 10/- for eight visitors. This charge, of course, does not include provisions or bedding, which visitors may take themselves, or arrange for the caretaker to supply. Those who wish to reach the summit will find it advisable to secure a guide, as it is an easy matter to get lost in the event of clouds enveloping the mountain. There are shorter excursions, such as to Bell's Falls, which can he made, particulars of which can he obtained from the caretaker, Mr. Morris. Mrs. Morris assists her husband in the management of the house, so that ladies and children may rely upon having every attention paid them. Tourists wishing to visit Mount Egmont and other places from New Plymouth can safety entrust themselves to those skilled whips—Mr, J. West of Tattersall's stables; Mr, W. H. Jury of the White Hart Stables; and Mr. M. Jones of the Criterion Stables.

Mount Egmont may also he ascended by way of Dawson's Falls, on the southern side, by the Pembroke Road track from Stratford, and from Rahotu. There is an accommodation house at Dawson's Falls, in charge of Mr. and Mrs. St. Clair, which may be reached from Hawera, Eltham, or Stratford, and where comfortable quarters at a moderate tariff are obtainable. On the Stratford side there is a cottage, but no caretaker, and there is also a sheltershed on the Rahotu track. Full information as to ways and cost of ascending Mount Egmont can be obtained from the Egmont Mountain House Committee at respectively, New Plymouth, Stratford, Hawera or Rahotu.