Gumboot Dogs & Porkies at The Waterworks

Before you get to The Waterworks you’re probably going to see some free range pigs, if you stop they will run after you and expect food. Don’t be meanies like us and stop empty handed, slices of bread will do.

Free range pigs in hot pursuit

Free range pigs in hot pursuit

All sorts of stuff has been recycled or reused to create The Waterworks including potties, broken sunglasses, and pots and pans. A giant water powered music box has been made out of old car parts and butter knives, and dogs are made out of gumboots. There’s a decent dollop of humour in the park – if you’re someone who’s curious about the origins of sayings and traditions there are plenty of ‘facts’ to read …..

Smelly brides?

Smelly brides?

The author of the origins and meanings section of The Phrase Finder describes the above and below as part of a collection of twaddle, given his credentials he’s probably right.

Saved by the bell

Saved by the bell

The above ‘saved by the bell‘ myth may have been dispelled but safety coffins¬†have been patented, the fear of being buried alive has followed us down the centuries. Apparently pyrotechnics, feeding tubes, connections to church bells, and priests sense of smell were all considered or used in the design of the coffins. If the pyrotechnic method was used successfully you were described as a blast from the past. (That last sentence may be a porkie too).

Moving right along to the gumboot dogs …

These boots were made for more than walking

These boots were made for more than walking

And the kitchen utensil water wheel …

Man at work

Man at work

The Waterworks is an interactive place and it’s unlikely you’d make it around the park without getting wet, so take a sense of humour. If you’ve got mischievous children you might also need to take a change of clothes.

There are 3 of these water cannons

There are 3 of these water cannons

A favourite with the kids

A favourite with the kids

I had a ridiculous amount of fun racing a mini boat called ‘Happy’ against Mike’s ‘Honey’ down a water race and into the tub of an old washing machine. Obviously I’ve never been to Disneyland.

Cook lunch on the BBQ, there's a swimming hole if you you're not wet enough already

Cook lunch on the BBQ, there’s a swimming hole if you’re not wet enough already

Entry to The Waterworks is $20 adults and $15 children, it’s probably best appreciated by families – family passes from $60. You’ll find the Waterworks at 471 The 309 Road¬†near Coromandel Town.

Not your usual ride on mower

Not your usual ride on mower

2 thoughts on “Gumboot Dogs & Porkies at The Waterworks

    • Hi
      Sorry for the delay in replying but I’m overseas and have had trouble accessing email and the blog.

      I’ll be getting some photos printed from our trip so I will also print one of the gumboot dogs for you. No charge, whoever thought up the inventive use for gumboots deserves to have their work shared. I will email you later in the week once I’m home for your address.

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