Kiwiana Town | The Kiwiana capital of the world! | The place to learn all things Kiwiana
Kiwiana Town | The Kiwiana capital of the world! | The place to learn all things Kiwiana
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Here we embrace and celebrate popular Kiwi culture (Kiwiana) – the icons, heroes and heritage that make us uniquely Kiwi.

Come laugh a little while you relive those childhood memories.

If you are a visitor to New Zealand and want a crash course in basic Kiwi culture, Otorohanga is the place to do it!

You’ll find out in one visit what makes Kiwis different and interesting.

For fellow-Kiwis it’s an opportunity to re-discover the ‘characters’ in our history – Aunt Daisy, Barry Crump, Ches’n Dale – and our past and present heroes like Sir Edmund Hillary, Sir Colin Meads, Bruce McLaren, the ANZACs and the All Blacks.

Come learn and laugh.

Remember those nostalgic childhood days when life seemed simpler with Saturday matinee movies, cricket in the back yard of the quarter acre section or school days with warm school milk!

Otorohanga’s Kiwiana displays in the Ed Hillary Walkway (and nearby shop windows) feature everything from Buzzy Bee, Marmite, Pavlova and Weetbix to No.8 Wire, the Kiwi, Sheep and the Farm Dog. We’ve also commissioned Kiwiana murals and sculptures that are now part of the streetscape. Even our public toilets are an amusing tribute to “Kiwiana”!

To complete your “Kiwiana” experience, a visit to the world-famous Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park is a ‘must do’. Here you can see a real kiwi, plus one of NZ’s best selections of native birds and reptiles.

Kiwiana aside, Otorohanga has a great choice of shops, cafés and places to stay.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


A Kiwiana collection of displays in Otorohanga’s main street provide a fascinating insight into NZ’s popular culture. Each beautifully crafted exhibit features a slice of kiwi life and culture.


For the full Kiwiana experience don’t go past the Otorohanga Kiwi House in the heart of the North Island. It’s where you’ll see a real kiwi bird, and it’s ideal for a family outing suitable for all ages.


Otorohanga’s Kiwiana exhibits, murals and sculptures are entertaining and informative and a wonderful way to teach your students all about New Zealand’s popular culture: “Kiwiana”.



Full the full Kiwiana experience, you have to eat like a New Zealander too!

From hearty possum stew and yummy toffee apples to light and fluffy pavlova – we have over 30 kiwi recipes for you to cook up a storm – featuring kiwi classics and favourites from the Edmonds Cookery Book plus a few borrowed from famous NZ chefs and some modern twists on NZ menu items.


These unique posters are available from the Otorohanga i-SITE.

We can arrange postage or you can pick some up when you visit us in Kiwiana Town!