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Eltham, New Zealand

Eltham Toy Wall

What began as a makeshift lost and found, now exists as a unique art installation.  

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This quirky little attraction in the town of Eltham in Taranaki began in the 1970s. That’s when local resident Faye Young discovered a few discarded toys in the neighboring Bridger Park. 

Instead of leaving the toys discarded about the park, she placed them in a nearby wall between her house and the park. Young hoped that the toy’s owners would be able to easily find their items at the wall. Instead, more toys appeared in the crevices of the wall. Mrs. Young and her family decided to cement the toys into the wall, creating a permanent wall of toys. Now, thousands of toys can be found along the wall to be enjoyed by visitors both young and old. 

Know Before You Go

The wall is private property, but visitors are able to stop and have a gander. You might want to park on the main street if you want a longer look. 

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