New Zealand Embassy Warsaw, Poland
Sir Edmund Hillary Plaque – Zakopane
On 28 May 2013, the eve of the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Mt. Everest, a commemorative plaque was unveiled in honour of Sir Edmund Hillary “Conqueror of the highest mountain in the world, who visited Poland including Zakopane in 2004 and was then officially named a “Góral” – mountain man”.
The plaque is displayed at the tourist shelter near Morskie Oko in the Tatra Mountains. It was co-funded by the Polish Tourist Organization in cooperation with the Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society - PTTK, Green Lite Travel New Zealand, and the Polish Chapter of The Explorers Club. The initiative of creating a commemorative plaque honoring one of the most well-known New Zealanders is a great way of promoting knowledge of New Zealanders’ achievements in Poland.