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Mt Taranaki, also known as Mt Egmont, rises in the middle of the district. It is 8260 feet or 2518 metres high, and stunt-doubled for Mt Fuji in the movie, The Last Samurai. It is a dormant volcano, expected to one day awaken.
A car park is a parking lot.
A gorge is a narrow valley with steep walls.
A goods lift is, in this instance, a mechanised ‘flying fox’, or wire strung across the gorge, which ferries heavy items over and back.
It's school holiday time in New Zealand and ten-year-old Tayla is spending the day with her aunt. Tayla wants to make a snowman, so Aunty agrees to take her on a walking excursion on snow-topped Mount Taranaki. This story emphasizes the simple joy of a nature ramble on a chilly day. Tayla has visual and tactile fun, and gets to tease Aunty about an overtaking mist. And Aunty manages to keep up. Photos illustrate the alpine landscape of Mount Taranaki, also known as Mount Egmont, on the North Island of New Zealand. Suitable for reading to small children or for readers of any age but perhaps best for those between seven and eleven. Use of metaphor, banter, parentheses, conversation marks, exclamation marks, and contains a common saying.