The Big Carrot, Ohakune. New Zealand.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Punga and Paua
S 39° 25.205 E 175° 24.225
60H E 362595 N 5635389
This huge roadside carrot attracts visitors to stop and take photos as they arrive in the central North Island town of Ohakune, the carrot capital of New Zealand.
Waymark Code: WM8XW0
Location: North Island, New Zealand
Date Posted: 05/28/2010
Views: 12

The first sight you see as you arrive in Ohakune is the big orange carrot, reputedly the world's largest model carrot.

Welcome to Ohakune, the carrot town in the middle of the carrot growing area for much of New Zealand. Based at the foot of Mt Ruapehu, the fertile volcanic soils and the mountain climate are perfect for growing carrots.

In 1984, the big carrot was unveiled at the entrance to the town, recognizing the importance of market gardening to the local economy.
Ohakune’s ‘Big Carrot’ was conceived by Peter Hammond, a local grower of the Ohakune Growers’ Association, and it was officially ‘opened’ by the King Country MP Mr Jim Bolger, and the Ruapehu district mayor at the time Mr Bill Taylor. The town of Ohakune was known as the carrot capital of the North Island, and the Big Carrot stands proudly today promoting Ohakune and its wares.

Each year there is a Carrot Festival held in the town.

The Big Carrot is listed on the "Worlds Largest Roadside Attractions" website, search under New Zealand. It is available at all times but is best photographed against the mountain background in daylight.
Price of Admission: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

Weekday Hours: From: 12:01 AM To: 11:59 PM

Weekend Hours: From: 12:01 AM To: 11:59 PM

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