FORGOTTEN WORLD ADVENTURES
Ohakune Growers Association decided to erect a 7.5m carrot at the entrance to the town. Eventually installed in a park on the fringe of the Carrot Capital, the big orange symbol has since been photographed by thousands of tourists.
In 2011, it was painted black to support the All Blacks’ bid for the Rugby World Cup. It could be worse: in Cromwell, Central Otago, they have giant fruit. See visitohakune.co.nz North Island’s west coast, but Inglewood, Taranaki is the place.
From racing cars and tractors to tip trucks, fire engines, aircraft and more, these staples of Kiwi childhoods have been produced since 1935 and are still made on-site. Warning: Fun Ho! toys are addictively collectable. See funhotoys.co.nz Kiwis have a big melancholy streak and their soggy green landscapes certainly encourage it. Thumb your nose at it all by riding a RailBike through it.
Forgotten World Adventures operates seasonal semi-guided tours along a mothballed 140km stretch of railway between Okahukura in the Central North Island and Stratford in Taranaki.
The six-hour RailBike adventure traverses the unspoilt wilderness of the Tangarakau Scenic Reserve on comfy two-seater, pedal-your-own machines. This beautiful remote area has defied all efforts to “break it in” but you travel through it with a yee-ha! See forgottenworldadventures.co.nz
See gisbornenz.com has ballooned into a globallysignificant fashion/art/theatre event. Nelson lost the event to Wellington a few years ago so if you can’t make the annual three-week show each September, the WOW & Classic Cars Museum in Nelson displays 60-plus jaw-dropping garments. See worldofwearableart.com wowcars.co.nz