Story: Taranaki region

Pigeon-post service

Pigeon-post service

In January 1903 a pigeon-post mail service began from North Egmont Mountain House to New Plymouth. It supplied the Taranaki Herald with daily information on visitors and conditions on the mountain over the summers of 1903 and 1904. New Plymouth butcher W. H. Phipps – seen here around 1905 – organised the service and supplied the birds.

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Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki region - The mountain', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 September 2023)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 1 Aug 2015