Opened in 1990, the Hall celebrates over 150 years of champions, who all called New Zealand home. The original roll call included 75 sporting greats; and since it’s opening one person has been inducted every two years.
My all time favourite New Zealand athlete Ed Hillary is captured standing in front of Everest, while Bob Charles can be seen taking a putt, and Sandra Edge (my high school PE teacher) has been captured taking a shot on goal. The length of Yvette Williams’s medal winning long jump is laid out, and yes I would need wings to replicate it. Showing exactly why Dunedin’s gifted girl was the first female New Zealander to win an Olympic gold.
I hate to admit that I didn’t know who Bert Sutcliffe and Martin Donnelly were (world class cricketers), although, I definitely knew about Olympic rowers Ian Ferguson and Paul MacDonald, Peter Snell the runner, Richard Hadley the famed cricketer and Bruce Mclaren the race car designer and driver.
With admission being only $5 for an adult, the New Zealand Hall of Fame now rates as my new favourite lazy/ rainy/ cold day attraction in Dunedin!