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Ohakune may be remown for skiing and forest walks, but the town is at it roots carrot country. When you enter the town you will see a giant land mark carrot monument.
Carrots were first grown in Ohakune back in the early 1920s. The railway allowed for fast delivery around the country of the town's produce and being located at high altitude, the colder climate discouraged pests. In the 1940s, carrots and other crops helped feed US military troops stationed in Wellington.
The 'Big Carrot' was installed in 1984 after it was donated by a film crew who used it in a television commercial.
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