Kiwiana – “big” things to see in New Zealand.
While I was researching information for my previous blog it dawned on me that we as a country do seem to honour our Kiwiana and things which make us kiwis’ by making “big things” to pay them homage.
New Zealand may be a small country but we compensate with a whole bunch of very BIG things!
New Zealand is about 2.5 times smaller than the state of Texas (USA) alone, however, our huge volcanoes, mountain chains and love for the outdoors inspires us to create big things. Huge things even! If it was ever on your bucket list to see a giant trout or even a humongous soda bottle, then New Zealand is the place to do it. Artists have created enormous sculptures all around the country to promote movies or a local beverage to attract tourists or simply for the love of art. Here are just a few of them to give you an idea of what I mean.
THE BIG DOUGHNUT
Did you know that we have a town called Springfield in New Zealand where you can see a giant doughnut set up to promote The Simpsons Movie in 2007? Now you do!
Located in Canterbury in the South Island of New Zealand is this memorable attraction.
Coated in a shiny pink glaze and speckled with sprinkles, the doughy delight looks identical to Homer Simpson’s favourite snack. And this quirky roadside attraction is indeed tied to The Simpsons.
The original doughnut was gifted to the small town by the American movie studio 20th Century Fox as a publicity stunt for both the town and the movie.
Metal steps behind the doughnut let people climb up and poke their heads through the hole for photos.
I remember taking just such a photo of my children when we were on a family holiday around the South Island when they were much younger!