hawera push bike pub crawl 09

I had never heard of a pub crawl before I got here--the things I learn! The Hawera pub crawl has been in the newspaper for a couple of weeks now and I find it quite fascinating.

The Hawera push bike pub crawl is an annual even that started 32 years ago with a few friends and has exploded to nearly 2000 participants this year.  It's so big that the powers that be want to shut it down as a traffic hazard, but it has a life of its own. Nobody legally takes responsibility for it any more, so the Police don't have much recourse. There were 4 South Taranaki police cars and one paddy wagon in Normanby along with lots and lots of official people stationed along the route.

I stood by the road for about an hour and took photos as the crawlers pedal powered between Hawera and Normanby.  I saw Snow White, escaped prisoners, Ghostbusters, fairies and bees. I even saw Santa and ET!

Yes, this is pedal powered!


Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

No body was drunk and fell into the ditch?

Merry Christmas

betty-NZ said...

Some of them were rather erratic, and many were in the ditch somewhere along the way!

Anonymous said...

Do you have a Facebook acccount you could put these photos on?

betty-NZ said...

No I don't, sorry.