I’m not sure there are many towns that have more than three tea pots per head of population, but Owaka in the Catlins area does, its population is around 303. In summer, there are more than 1200 tea pots in the garden at Teapot Land on Main Road.
The owner of Teapot Land is actually a coffee drinker, I’m not sure whether the unusual collection started with a tea pot, a coffee pot, or a kettle, but Teapot Land it is.
Visitors are invited to put a koha (donation) in the kettle and take photos. It seems like everything you can think of can be turned into a tea pot – a cow, a cabbage, a washing machine, and a woman in a bubble bath.
If you visit Owaka in winter it’s likely you’ll only see sturdy tea pots in the garden, the more delicate pots are packed up and put away until summer starts again.
One tea pot always on display is the big tea pot letter box (it features in our In the Kitchen letter box series).
PS. If you’re a travelling tea pot collector, take a look at potter Marion Mewburn’s wonderful creations.