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IN BOTH Australia and New Zealand, we pride ourselves on our "big things" - whether it's the carrot in Ohakune or the banana at Coffs Harbour.

In the spirit of trans-Tasman competition, we've chosen some of the Kiwis' favourite big things and pitted them against their Aussie equivalents.

Paeroa's Big L&P Bottle v Bundaberg's Big Rum Bottle

 

The iconic L&P; bottle. Paeroa, Hauraki, is where the Lemon & Paeroa soft drink was first made and the town is also known as the antique town of New Zealand. Towns behind the icons summer series. 22 December 2014 New Zealand Herald Photograph by Christine Cornege.BTG 19Oct15 - L&P; bottle, Paeroa
The iconic L&P; bottle. Paeroa, Hauraki, is where the Lemon & Paeroa soft drink was first made and the town is also known as the antique town of New Zealand. Towns behind the icons summer series. 22 December 2014 New Zealand Herald Photograph by Christine Cornege.BTG 19Oct15 - L&P; bottle, Paeroa Christine Cornege

 

The Big L&P Bottle has been a Kiwi classic since way back - it's arguably New Zealand's best known "big thing". It first mysteriously appeared in Christmas 1968 and was built from the same materials as the previous year's Paeroa Rocket. While the original bottle was dismantled after it was deemed a traffic hazard, a smaller one was unveiled at Ohinemuri Reserve the following year.

 

Bundaberg  Rum icon.
Bundaberg Rum icon. TEQ

 

Its closest Aussie rival would be the Big Bundy Bottle in Bundaberg, Queensland. Built in 1988, this big rum bottle doesn't quite have the same historic pedigree, but is equally as impressive.

Winner: The Big L&P Bottle.

 

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Te Puke's Big Kiwifruit v Sunshine Coast's Big Pineapple

Visitors to Kiwi360 in Te Puke are greeted by this cheerful kiwifruit that is green on one side and yellow on the other. It helps to lure working tourists for the fruit-picking season.

However, Australia's Big Pineapple is a truly incredible SpongeBob-esque work of art. The iconic giant fruit dates back to 1971 and is known and loved around the world. It's also a survivor - in 1978, the Pineapple was burned down during an attempted robbery. Luckily, it was rebuilt to its former glory within a few months. In 1991, it was damaged during a mini-tornado, which closed it for seven weeks. In 2009, it was put into receivership but was later purchased and reopened by a local family.

 

Good Morning Nambour: The Big Pineapple.  Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Good Morning Nambour: The Big Pineapple. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily John McCutcheon

 

Winner: The Big Pineapple, for being a fighter.

Dargaville's Big Kumara v Robertson, NSW's Big Potato

Visitors to Dargaville's Kumara Box are greeted by not one but two giant kumara, one red and one golden. They might not be the biggest "big things" - compared to an adult man, they appear to be about 2-3m high.

 

 

Australia doesn't have much to write home about when it comes to giant vegetables. They're more into big fruits. However, Robertson in NSW is widely known for potato growing and a giant potato was built by local grower Jim Mauger. It's an impressive 10m long and 4m wide, but it just isn't very aesthetically pleasing.

Winner: The Big Kumara, because two is better than one. Commendation for the Big Potato for its sheer size.

 

The Big Banana has been QR coded:Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate
The Big Banana has been QR coded:Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate Rob Wright

 

Ohakune's Big Carrot v Coffs Harbour's Big Banana

We've chosen to compare these two because of Australia's lack of giant vegetables. At least they're roughly the same shape. Described by Lonely Planet as a "not so much Don't Miss as Impossible to Miss", Ohakune's big orange tribute was erected in 1984 and has become one of New Zealand's most-hugged big things. It's reportedly the world's largest model carrot.

 

Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth, Queensland, Photo by Desley Ollett.Photo Contributed
Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth, Queensland, Photo by Desley Ollett.Photo Contributed Contributed

 

The Big Banana has a long history in Coffs Harbour. Constructed in 1964, it was one of Australia's first "big things". It's located in the grounds of a banana plantation and you can walk right through it. It was commemorated in a special "big things" stamp set by Australia Post, which also featured the Big Merino, Pineapple and Golden Guitar.

 

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Winner: It's a tie.

Gore's Golden Guitar v Tamworth's Golden Guitar

They're both country music capitals and they've both got very large guitar statues, but which is better? Tamworth has gone for a simpler design, which stands 12m high with a fibreglass and wood construction. It was unveiled in 1988 by Aussie country music legend Slim Dusty and is modelled directly on the trophies given at the Country Music Awards of Australia in Tamworth.

Gore's got two guitar statues. The original 7.5m statue of an acoustic guitar was unveiled 28 years ago, but would only be displayed just before the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards. It was put into storage in 1999, but had a triumphant return in 2013. A more permanent statue proclaims Gore as "NZ's Capital of Country Music" and keeps it international with a map of the world on the bridge.

Winner: Gore. Because two is better than one.

 

Big Things - The Big Merino. GoulburnPhoto: Jane Erator
Big Things - The Big Merino. GoulburnPhoto: Jane Erator Contributed

 

Te Kuiti's Big Sheep Shearer v Goulburn's Big Merino

Te Kuiti is the sheep-shearing capital of the world, hosting the National Shearing Championships each year. The massive sheep shearer statue reflects this history and at 7m high, it's the world's largest shearer.

But when it comes to giant sheep, Goulburn's Big Merino is where it's at. Standing 15.2m tall, this colossal ram has been a town fixture since 1985 and has been nicknamed Rambo by locals. Rambo's rolls of fleece and stoic expression are truly impressive.

 

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Winner: Rambo - NZ might be all about the sheep, but Australia does a pretty decent statue of one.