Story: Walking tracks

Mountain House

Mountain House

In 1893 Mt Egmont (Mt Taranaki) became New Zealand’s second national park. It became popular to walk up the mountain and along its new tracks. By 1896, hikers could stay at the Mountain House. This was extended in 1898 to eight rooms, and with extra bunks could accommodate 50 people. The original house, shown here some time after 1900, burned down in 1911.

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Jock Phillips, 'Walking tracks - Walking for recreation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 August 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Apr 2016