18m high Santa for Wānaka

Jason Rhodes

An 18m high Santa which once adorned the Queens St Farmers building in Auckland for 60 years has made its way south and taken up residence at the National Transport and Toy Museum out at the airport. 

Santa was built in 1960 by the Farmers department store and at the time was the world’s largest fibreglass Santa.

Owner of the NTT museum Jason Rhodes said it took five days to truck the Santa down from Auckland, and that there were no “hiccups.”

“He generated a lot of interest along the way.

“We are now going to assess him sometime in the New Year- he needs a few patch ups and a new paint job.

“ We want him on permanent display.”

He said the Santa would not be back in one piece in time for this Christmas, but hopefully next.

Read edition 1002 of the Wānaka Sun here.


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