Expect to see carrots crop up all over Ohakune, for this is indisputably the country’s carrot capital. Carrots were first grown in the area during the 1920s by Chinese settlers, who cleared the land by hand and explosives. Today the venerable vegetable is celebrated during the annual Carrot Carnival, and immortalised in a roadside tribute – the impossible-to-miss Big Carrot, erected in 1984...
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