Friday Photo: Wacky New Zealand Mailboxes

Driving around in the suburbs of Queenstown, New Zealand we spotted this very unique row of interesting mailboxes of various sizes and designs!  Rows of mailboxes of various designs are not rare in this area and many other spots in the South Island of New Zealand, however this one is the longest one that we’ve seen. Here are more than 60 mailboxes in this row. These folks are quite creative in making their custom mailboxes. We saw a beer keg complete with the pipe and tap, an old DVD player, an espresso machine, a caterpillar house, a shoe box with a shoe on top of it, and one that is covered with road warning signs.


Mailboxes from left to right: a keg; an espresso maker; a DVD player; street signs "slips" and "ice/grit"; a seal carrying a mail box (this last one is taken in Queen Charlotte Sound)

We’ve seen so many wacky mailboxes here – I guess it’s just a way for Kiwis to express themselves.

Does your mailbox look interesting like this? If you were going to make one, what would be your design?

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23 Responses to “Friday Photo: Wacky New Zealand Mailboxes”

  1. Ashley
    4 June 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    Adorable :) I always like funny mailboxes..My grandpa had one that looked liked a train.
    .-= Ashley´s last blog ..Best Views in the City? Yes! =-.

    • Dina
      6 June 2010 at 4:44 pm #

      It must be a lot of fun making your own train mailbox :D

  2. Rebecca
    4 June 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    Must be a downunder thing. On Kangaroo Island in South Australia, they have rows of these as well. Not as many, but still entertaining!

    • Dina
      6 June 2010 at 4:46 pm #

      That’s cool! I wonder where else they have these mailboxes common, I think this is the first time I saw them… at least, the first time I saw group of them!

  3. Jay
    4 June 2010 at 3:40 pm #

    Those are awesome. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us.
    .-= Jay´s last blog ..Free Museum Weekends =-.

    • Dina
      6 June 2010 at 4:47 pm #

      Hi Jay, thanks :) We enjoy posting up this picture too!

  4. Sabina
    4 June 2010 at 7:58 pm #

    Does my mailbox look interesting like this? Maybe someday, I hope. These are great!! What an incredibly cool way to decorate your yard and the roadway. Makes me wonder why we haven’t thought of that in the U.S.

    • Dina
      6 June 2010 at 4:50 pm #

      I know! This is the first time I saw them, creative and (perhaps?) showing personality. Even though until now I can’t pinpoint what design I want to adopt, keep changing my mind :)

  5. Sasha
    5 June 2010 at 4:06 am #

    That is seriously cool!!! I never thought the Kiwi’s would be so quirky!!! But maybe I’m biased bcos I’m Aussie LOL

    • Dina
      6 June 2010 at 4:51 pm #

      Hahaha :D They are (Kiwis and their mailboxes) are seriously cool ;)

  6. Erica
    6 June 2010 at 3:15 pm #

    As much as I would LOVE to do something like that, I think our neighborhood association would send an assassin after us. These are fantastic!
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Workin’ Hard for the Money =-.

    • Dina
      6 June 2010 at 4:54 pm #

      Hahaha! Where about do you live?

  7. Nancie (Ladyexpat)
    7 June 2010 at 4:34 am #

    These are great. This is something that you’d see in rural Nova Scotia. If I was making my own mail box it would be lobster :)
    .-= Nancie (Ladyexpat)´s last blog ..Rolling the Omelet =-.

    • Dina
      7 June 2010 at 7:40 am #

      Nova Scotia has this too, eh :) I love the idea of lobster mailbox! Not the easiest to make, but will be appetizing!

  8. Matt
    7 June 2010 at 5:37 am #

    Brilliant! Great idea to share these … they’re a pretty common sight in New Zealand!
    .-= Matt´s last blog ..Monday Escape: Coromandel, New Zealand =-.

    • Dina
      7 June 2010 at 7:42 am #

      Yes, we were delighted to see them! There are a lot of pretty ones when we drove around near Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sounds…. busses, cows, pigs, awesome things to see!

  9. Dave
    7 June 2010 at 8:22 pm #

    Funny stuff! I’m going to try to go by a crazy public bathroom that someone pointed out north of Auckland, but not sure if it’s on the way to anything. Maybe I’ll see some crazy mail boxes too! :-)
    .-= Dave´s last blog ..The Green Flash =-.

    • Dina
      9 June 2010 at 4:10 am #

      Ah, now I’m curious about the crazy public bathroom! Any link about it?

  10. Farnoosh
    9 June 2010 at 7:50 pm #

    Way too cool. Those Wikis know how to express themselves……I am seeing this road easily in New Zealand…and perhaps someday for real. I only went to the North Island but we love to return!

    • Dina
      10 June 2010 at 6:14 pm #

      Cool isn’t it :)
      New Zealand is definitely a place that I want to come back again someday too. So beautiful here. You need to see the South Island!

  11. lusia
    14 June 2010 at 12:12 am #

    Woi, din…
    It’s cool to see something like these especially when u live here where mailboxes are not so popular things to use.
    Two thumbs up to the kiwis for the idea n creativity

    • Dina
      17 June 2010 at 8:56 am #

      Hey Lus :D Happy to see you here! Yep, love those Kiwis’ creativity! Maybe should make one too in Surabaya/Jember?


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