As you slope down one of the many hills State Highway 1 has on offer you come to a town that is celebrating its 125th this Saturday.

Where the rural backdrop meets the hum of tourists passing by, sits the small town of Taihape.

First crowned the gumboot capital of the world in 1985 by entertainer John Clarke, the town became a location for his Fred Dagg comedy persona.

An idea the community grasped and ran with, turning it into an iconic rural theme throughout their town.


Traditions began such as the annual Gumboot Day that occurs every Tuesday after