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Government travelogue depicting West land's scenery : Lake Manapouri Franz Josef Hotel. Guide Vic Williams takes two women up the glacier.

“The New Zealand Government Publicity Office presents Westland, by lake and glacier in New Zealand”
“Ranging from the sub-tropic Northern to the vast icy chain of the Southern Alps, New Zealand displays a wonderful wealth of scenic beauty”
“In this land of scenic contrast, Westland provides an unsurpassed combination of river and lake, with towering peaks thrusting mighty glaciers down toward the sea”
“Manapouri lake of surpassing beauty, enfolded by luxuriant forest”
W.S. Lake, two women skipping stones.
“The mirror of the skies”
W.S. Lake mirroring sky.
L.S. Women walk around lake shore, boats at edge. They get into a boat, with a man, and set off round the lake.
“Gliding through the glacial waters, past the tree lined shore”
W.S scenery from launch.
“Mountains and eternal snows reflected in the silent lake”
W.S. pan mountains, snow on top; reflected in lake.
“Southward, down the forest road”
Road, car driving along.
Scenery, car driving through.
“Monarchs of the Southern Alps”
W.S. mountains. 308 ft. 'Near the end of the road..the Fox Glacier Hotel'.
W.S. Hotel, M.S. front door. Guide with group of women would-be climbers (Guide=Vic Williams, see SOUTHERN PEAKS) They set off.
“Debris from the mountain sides..the glacier's terminal moraine”
W.S. glacier, guide and women.
“Over the white-paved way to the great ice falls”
M.W.S. guide & women walk up glacier - E.L.S. of glacier, they climb higher.
'Slow progress step by step'.
Vic Williams cutting path through snow, followed by women, clinging precariously to ice face.
“The pinnacles..great icy fangs of the mighty glacier”
M.W.S. pan pinnacles (rocks & snow).
L.S. Vic Williams on summit, silhouetted against sky.
“Now fades the glimmering landscape on the sight..and all the air a solemn stillness holds”
Mountain scenery.
. Finish.

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Year 1929

Reference number F872

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Duration 0:11:07

Production company New Zealand Government Publicity Office

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