Otorohanga is New Zealand's 'Kiwiana Town'
‘Kiwiana’ is a celebration of New Zealand's popular culture – its icons, heroes and traditions – everything from the Kiwi, Buzzy Bee, Paua and Pavlova, to Sir Edmund Hillary, Colin Meads and the All Blacks, from Sheep and No.8 Wire to the Haka and Hokey Pokey icecream.
The town is full of quirky and informative tributes to’ Kiwiana’. There are murals, corrugated-iron Kiwi sculptures and a whole arcade of Kiwiana Display Modules in the Ed Hillary Walkway in the centre of town.
The architecturally designed walkway connects the main street (Maniapoto Street) with Wahanui Crescent and its historic Otorohanga Railway Station, renovated and reinvented as an espresso coffee bar and boutique coffee roaster.
The Kiwiana display modules in the Ed Hillary Walkway offer a great snapshot of New Zealand's popular culture, icons, heritage and heroes.
Ed Hillary Walkway Kiwiana Arcade
Look out for some of these exhibits:
- Sir Edmund Hillary
- Quarter acre section
- School life
- School milk
- Ches 'n Dale
- Come to the table
- Farm dog
- The games we played
- Team NZ
- Bonus Bonds
- No.8 Wire
- Rural life
- Colin Meads
- History of rugby
- Buzzy Bee
- Aunt Daisy
- The Sheep Story
- Bruce McLaren
Even the town's Public Toilets opposite the Railway Station are a tribute to the 'Kiwiana' theme - the exterior is sign written with traditional and Kiwi slang name for toilets - W.C., Loo, Bog, Wharepaku, Powder Room, Can, The Throne, Lavatory, Long Drop, Privy...
Otorohanga Kiwiana Toilets His
Otorohanga Kiwiana Toilets Hers
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