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.
BIG KIWIFRUIT SLICE
The iconic giant kiwifruit slice at Kiwi360 is a stop that anybody visiting Te Puke in the North Island of New Zealand, the Kiwi Fruit capital of the world, must check out!
The kiwifruit itself is a well-known kiwi icon, both as a fruit, and also as the giant sign for Kiwi360 in Te Puke. One of the best growing areas in New Zealand for kiwifruit, it’s no wonder the little town jumped on this great opportunity to dub themselves Kiwifruit Capital of the World.
Kiwi 360 isn’t only a gigantic slice of kiwifruit, it’s the symbol of the history and the heritage of the land it’s on, as well as a symbol for many attractions that around the Te Puke area.
There’s a Horticultural Theme Park with KiwiKart Tours, a café, a shop with kiwifruit products, and even a functions room, all in the shadow of New Zealand’s largest slice of fruit.
A lovely fresh and “nutritious” place to visit anytime!