Road Trip Chronicles – Big Things (South Island Edition)

big things

We like big things in New Zealand, apparently. They’re pretty much everywhere, so while we were road tripping around the South Island I took as many photos of (and with) the big things we saw during our trip as I could (yeah, I know it’s cheesy, but a little cheesiness is a great thing), and in today’s post, I am sharing big things we saw on our holiday with you.

Big Things We Saw

Big things

The big fruit in Cromwell:  This is just up the road from a juice company called Benjer – their apricot juice is possibly the best juice I have ever tasted. If you’re in the area, you should definitely check them out.

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The Big Salmon in Rakaia: This was the first ‘big thing’ I saw, but by the time I had pointed it out to Phillip there wasn’t anywhere we could safely turn around, so we decided to stop by on our way back.

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The big donut in Springfield: This is version 2 of the big donut, the original was gifted to springfield by 20th Century Fox in 2007 to help launch the Simpsons movie, it was damanged by fire in 2009. I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t as big as I thought it was going to be, and I felt dodgy as fuck taking this photo, because it’s in a children’s’ playground, but at that point I was pretty committed to taking photos of every big thing I saw.

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The Big Crayfish in Kaikoura: Kaikoura is known for it’s crayfish; hell, it’s in the name (kaikoura pretty much means meal of crayfish, and so I was really excited to take a photo of the giant crayfish. This ended up being a blink and miss big thing, I only saw it because I was looking out the window trying to find it while we were on our way to the supermarket. Because it’s on the side of a building, I couldn’t get a photo with it which kind of sucked as I wanted to take a photo of me pretending to eat it (when going for tacky, you need to go all our; I draw the line at forced perspective photos)

I am hoping to see (and snap) more big things around New Zealand; I’ve actually made a map of big things just so when we;re travelling next we’re able to take detours just to see them.

What’s your favourite big thing? If you’re in, or have been to New Zealand, what big thing is a must see?  


  1. Meagan Kerr says:

    I love this post so much, I’m all about the big things! The carrot in Ohakune, the kiwifruit in Te Puke and the L&P bottle in Paeroa are good ones to visit.

    • Kahurangi says:

      Thanks lovely – me too! I made a point of doing the cheesiest touristy posts while we stopped to take photos of the big things, and was so disappointed I couldn’t take a photo with the crayfish in Kaikoura.
      I just had a look at routes from Taihape – Ohakune – Te Puke – Paeroa for when we do a North Island Road trip :D

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