…we carried on to Otorohanga with the intention of exploring this Kiwiana capital… and we’re glad of it. In the main street adorned with colourful floral baskets, it was time to check out the new Ed Hillary Walkway opened by Lady June Hillary in December 2008. In keeping with Otorohanga’s Kiwiana theme, the walkway encases iconic New Zealand memorabilia behind glass panels to view as you stroll. There are buzzy bees, boot polish, All Blacks and the great man himself speaking via video. It was wonderful to hear that distinctive voice again and even though Sir Ed was not an Otorohanga boy, the town has paid him a fitting tribute. There is still much discussion about the best way to honour New Zealand’s treasure of a man and Otorohanga has gone and done it.