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Welcome to Giant Pumpkins NZ

The Website for Growing Giant Pumpkins in NZ

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The blog is full of news information and results
from events around the country.

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people have asked over the years.

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NZ Giant Pumpkin Records

The NZ record for giant pumpkin was set by Tim Harris on the 8th of April 2018 with a pumpkin weighing in at 808kg.

The NZ record was set in 2016 at 789.5kg, grown by Tim Harris from Morrinsville.
NZ record giant pumpkin 789.5kg
Read more about it here.

 

 

In 2015 the NZ record was broken twice. First by Aaron Akkerman from Marton with a 732.5kg pumpkin
NZ record giant pumpkin 732.5kg
Read more about it here.
And a week later broken by Tim Harris from Morrinsville with a 754.5kg pumpkin.
NZ record giant pumpkin 754.5kg
Read more about it here.
The NZ record was broken in 2012 by the Bartons in Whangarei with a 721kg pumpkin.
NZ record giant pumpkin 721kg
Read more about it here.
The NZ record was broken 3 times in 2011.
First up was Daphne Humphreys from Kumeu with her 420kg pumpkin
NZ record giant pumpkin 420kg
Read more about it here.

Next was John McKay from Mapua with a 497kg pumpkin.
2011 record pumpkin, 497kg weighed in at Mapua
Read more about it here.

The heaviest pumpkin for 2011 was grown by Robbie Dorresteyn from Taupo and weighed in at 540kgs
2011 record pumpkin, 440kg weighed in Taupo
Read more about it here.

GPNZ Goals

To help people learn about growing giant pumpkins and give them the tools and advice to achieve heavier weights every year.

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To keep people up to date with news from the giant pumpkin world, from NZ records to world records when they happen.
To help people know about pumpkin events near them, and to provide coverage and results of the events.

Recent Blog Posts

Killing Weeds with Polythene

What can you do to help make your pumpkin patch weed free when it comes time to planting? If you have a small area like I do, polythene can help.

Fieldays 2019

What did I find when I went to Fieldays 2019? Find out who I spoke to this year.

My Tips for Fieldays

Fieldays is happening again, and I’m heading along. I’ve written down my top tips for you to get the best out of the largest Agricultural event in the Southern Hemisphere.

Hanging out for Pumpkin Growing

It’s cold and gloomy here in our off season, what have I been up to and what am I looking forward to in the near future. And… what have you been up to?

End of Season Wrap Up 2019

What went well for me and what didn’t in the 2019 giant pumpkin growing season? I list down everything I can think of to help me prepare for next season and hopefully help you with ideas about your giant pumpkin growing in the future.

Gisborne Road Trip 2019

We went down to Gisborne to see pumpkins, things didn’t work out as planned. We had a great time and saw one pumpkin, find out what happened and how our trip went.

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