Kōrero: King Country region

Opening of Whakapapa's new chairlift, 1954

The Whakapapa ski field opened in 1953, and the following year the first chairlift was installed. It was officially opened by mountaineer Edmund Hillary, who had climbed Mt Everest the previous year. Watch this clip to see the first users of the chairlift make their way up the mountain and then descend on skis.

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Reference: Pictorial Parade 26. National Film Unit, 1954

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Kerryn Pollock, 'King Country region - Tourism, recreation and sport', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/video/34916/opening-of-whakapapas-new-chairlift-1954 (accessed 28 September 2020)

He kōrero nā Kerryn Pollock, updated 1 Mar 2015