Footrot Flats Statue


Gisborne is already well endowed with statues, but this one commemorating the hugely popular Footrot Flats cartoons by Gisborne local, the late Murray Ball, is one of our faves. Wal, the series' archetypal Kiwi farmer, stands with his devoted canine companion, 'The Dog', looking on. For more on Footrot Flats, see, or check out the 1986 movie Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale.

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Nearby Gisborne attractions

1. Clock Tower

0.12 MILES

Built in 1934, this art-deco clock tower is the undisputed highlight of Gisborne's main street.

2. C Company Memorial House

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This cultural centre commemorates the dedication and commitment of the famed 28th Māori Battalion of the New Zealand Army who fought bravely in the…

3. Tairāwhiti Museum

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The Tairāwhiti Museum, with its fab gallery extension, focuses on East Coast Māori and colonial history. This is Gisborne’s arts hub, with rotating…

4. Te Tauihu Turanga Whakamana

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Like a giant sundial, Te Tauihu Turanga Whakamana is a large modern sculpture in the shape of a tauihu (canoe prow) that celebrates early Māori explorers.

5. Captain Cook Statue

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One of Gisborne's gaggle of Captain Cook commemorations, part of which is a globe etched with his roaming routes.

6. Statue of Young Nick

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There's no let-up in Gisborne's Endeavour endeavours: in the riverside park is a dynamic statue of Nicholas Young, Captain Cook’s cabin boy, whose eagle…

7. Gisborne Botanic Gardens


The town gardens are sitting pretty beside the Taruheru River – a beautiful spot for a picnic and a romp around the big playground. Wiggle through the NZ…

8. Sculpture of Te Maro

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On the flanks of Titirangi Reserve is an impressive new sculpture of Te Maro, the first of nine Māori men killed by Cook's crew when they landed in…