ON Friday a party, consisting of Messrs W. Salt (Wanganui), W. P. Mead (Taumarunui), and Bourne (Auckland), made an ascent of Ngauruhoe, and had a most interesting climb. The party got away at an early hour, and ascended the mountain, during which time several shots were sent up. They went halfway up, and, as it was considered dangerous to proceed any farther, they reconnoitred in the vicinity and found redhot lava and rocks 3ft through lying around. On descending, they found that some of the rocks
thrown out by the volcano had reached the plains, and the grass had been burned and scorched in consequence. When the party arrived at the accommodation house a most beautiful shot was sent up. Rocks, steam, etc., were thrown up to a distance of fully 600ft above the crater. The whitehot mass appeared to hang in the air for a second or two, sparkling and burning, then it fell with a thunderous roar to earth. Mr Salt, who has had a great deal of experience with the three mountains in New Zealand’s wonderful National Park, expressed the opinion that a new crater had been formed in Ngauruhoe further to the northward.