Iconic New Zealand: Paeroa’s giant L&P bottle

Paeroa's giant bottle of L&P is a New Zealand icon

Paeroa’s giant bottle of L&P is world famous in New Zealand. To everyone else, it must look very strange indeed.

Paeroa is a small Waikato town situated roughly halfway between New Zealand’s largest city Auckland and the country’s sixth largest urban centre, Tauranga. It has a population of less than 4,000 and it bills itself as “the town in the middle of everywhere”.

Why am I telling you this? Because this otherwise fairly unremarkable town is the birth place of Lemon & Paeroa (L&P for short) – a popular New Zealand soda and a rite of passage for any and all travellers visiting these shores.

L&P was traditionally made by combining lemon juice with carbonated mineral water from Paeroa’s natural springs. These days it’s bottled by Coca-Cola – but a giant L&P bottle remains in Paeroa sort of as a claim to fame and a Kiwi icon.

We think Paeroa’s giant L&P bottle is sweet as.

Looking for more Kiwiana? Check out Cape Reinga, Man vs World’s confessions of a New Zealand beach snob and this sailing trip to Auckland’s Waiheke Island.

About Simon Petersen 504 Articles
Travel blogger, journalist, sports and movie fiend. Chronicling the life and times of a Kiwi at home and abroad.

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