I’ve seen a lot in my life and another couple of funny signs will appear on this blog shortly, but this one is seriously funny. A 1 hour walk to the hooker shelter, can hiking get any more rewarding than that? 🙂
Only a half hour hike further there is some private stuff going on… lets not read into that!
I had no idea that the Mount Fuji as seen in the movie the Last Samurai is actually mount Teranaki as many claim. Well it isn’t!!!
Although the movie was shot in the Teranaki area the Mount Fuji in the movie is the real deal superimposed using CGI of Mount Fuji as seen from Yokohama. So, we learned something today! (follow this wiki link if you don’t buy it)
Nevertheless, it was fantastic hiking up to the Wilkies pools on mount Teranaki during fog and rain. The view was stunning and could be straight out of a movie… including the Last Samurai.
The Taranaki area is a wonderful place with a lot of history.
Captain Cook named it Mount Egmont after John Perceval, 2nd Earl of Egmont, the First Lord of the Admiralty who promoted Cook’s first voyage. It appeared as Mt Egmont on maps until 29 May 1986, when the Minister of Lands ruled that there would be two alternative and equal official names “Mount Taranaki” or “Mount Egmont”.
The national park surrounding te maunga o taranaki ( The mountain of taranaki) is still called Egmont national park.
Glad you enjoyed it , G