One of the great things about summer in New Zealand is the A&P shows (Agricultural and Pastoral). Very common particularly in the more rural communities. Being that the West Coast is most definitely a rural community there are quite a few on over January and February.
Buller A&P Show was up first and it is an all day affair for the whole family. There are baking competitions, produce competitions ie best runner bean, best lettuce etc, flower displays, photo competitions and heaps of great events outside in the sunshine.
This is the first show Stephen and I had gone too and we couldn’t have picked a better day with brilliant sunshine and hot temperatures.
First stop was just to watch the kids having a great time on the “fairground” attractions. It was a flashback to when we were kids – I didn’t even realise all these rides were still around – but they proved to be as popular with todays kids as they were once with us. There was certainly a lot of hooting and hollering.
We didn’t get too much further before our “petrol head” radars kicked in and we spotted an awesome display of old style cars. These things just instantly put smiles on our faces.
Then we spotted some cute miniature horses doing their “show” thing and thought we’d go and take a look. Adorable! Both the little horses and their walkers.
Time to keep wandering and see what else we could find. Sheep shearing. Ok, so growing up in NZ in the 70s you pretty much knew someone with a farm – well I did anyway, many of my Aunties and Uncles had farms so sheep shearing isn’t something new but always great to watch. This fella seemed quite content on the whole process – you would have thought she was at a day spa!
While watching the sheep shearing we could see the horses over in another part of the show grounds practising for the show jumping so after we “jumped” the fence we headed off across the paddock to watch these ladies in action. Horses are such majestic creatures. Could have sat here all day watching these beauties although my heart was in my mouth at every jump.
Back across to the main displays and we plonked ourselves down in front of the wood choppers. Ok so I thought I could watch the show jumping all day, if that is the case then I could watch these guys forever! Fantastic. Such strength but not just strength it is the technique. Very impressive. Felt sorry for them though as it was quite the workout on such a hot day.
Finally everything started to slow down and the people started to disperse. A final look back at the old cars on display and while enjoying an ice cream we also enjoyed watching and listening to the kids on the bungy swing and water globes (I don’t really know what they are called but that sounds plausible don’t you think).
Oh I’d like to swing on a star, carry moonbeams home in a jar – mmmm don’t think this little girl has probably even heard of that song but I couldn’t get it out of my head when I saw her.
These girls on the bungy swing were having an absolute blast and they were busting out some great somersaults – some of our next gymnasts in the making perhaps…….
For me, well I’m looking forward to February and the Inanguahua A&P Show – more great fun in the sun.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and about and exploring the many things there are to see and do on the West Coast. West Coast of the Southern Alps, named by Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2014 as one of the top ten destinations in the world to visit.