Used to be well worth the detour off the highway to visit this Factory Shop of NZ natural clothing, mostly wool blend, with some of the special 'possum merino' wool products also. A few of the products have a slightly Scandanavian design. It wasn't as good as when I was here in 2004, because in 2007 the factory was bought out by a sock factory: now...more
The Information Centre says that Trolls are a big thing in Norsewood. Besides the ones in the Info Centre, there is also what they call a 'Troll Stroll', where you go for a walk, follow clues, and try to spot all the trolls hiding under bridges or up trees....Pity we only had a few minutes to stop, or I would have tried this myself, just for the...more
We didn't have long to spend in the area, and I really enjoyed the Information centre for being able to provide local information and displays so I could come to understand how this town came to be here a little better. There was a very good range of unique handcrafts and souvenirs for sale also, and quirky items on display such as Trolls.more
And indeed it was great inside! It was delightful and the leadlight was beautifully crafted and exquisite, from small items to huge hanging mobiles with crystals incorporated into the design. I think if it wasn’t for the fact we had so far to travel and the glass so fragile, I could easily have found something to buy here. the small pieces of...more
Nearby Dannevirke was also originally a Scandanavian settlement, and could be worth a look. I didn't get to find out because everything was closed.
I did find this interesting windmill in the main street though.
Surprisingly, since the townspeople still have Scandanavian ancestry and the town is a little quirky (though happily not too touristy), I thought I'd see plenty of Scandanavian brightly coloured houses...but I saw none in Dannevirke, and only this one here, which I immediately fell in love with. I just think it's so cute. This bright wooden house...more