Cardrona Bra Fence
The Cardrona Bra Fence was a controversial tourist attraction in Central Otago, New Zealand. At some stage between 1998 and 1999, passers-by began to attach bras to a rural fence. No one knows the reason why the bras were originally attached the fence. The fence gradually became a well-known site as the number of bras grew to hundreds. When this story began to spread, the fence became somewhat of a quirky tourist attraction. Media sources in other countries became interested in the fence, and consequently, the number of bras being added to the fence increased dramatically. In early 2006, the number of bras attached to the fence stood at close to 800.
Although some locals welcomed the fence and regarded it as a tourist attraction, others viewed it as an eyesore and embarrassment, and as a potential hazard to drivers using the road. There were a number of legal attempts made to see it removed. A local sheep farmer John Lee – the unofficial guardian of the site – refused to remove the bras from the fence, claiming that 90% of letters received about the fence were positive, and that the bras were the most photographed attraction in the area.
Although I had read about this bra fence, we didn’t know that we were going to pass it… until we did!
We did a little U-turn, and made our way over to the bra fence to check it out.
Did I add My Bra to the fence?
Nope! Absolutely not. This girl lives in China, where good bras (in Western sizes) are NOT easy to come by. It would take a lot of convincing for me to sacrifice one of my bras. Even more so while I am on a long road trip!
Queenstown to Wanaka
It was while we were driving from Queenstown to Wanaka that we came across the Cardrona Bra Fence. It was an unplanned stop, so we are glad that we spotted the fence while we were driving!
More on that beautiful Queenstown to Wanaka drive in a new post tomorrow!