Thousands flock to Banks Peninsula for sculpture competition

Thousands are expected to flock to Canterbury this weekend for the bi-annual Sculpture on the Peninsula.

The event in its tenth year has faced some hurdles to even go ahead.

Every second year the country's top sculptors descend on Loudon farm at Charteris Bay on Banks Peninsula.

The 800 hectare property provides a spectacular back drop for works by over 50 of New Zealand's best.

"This is the best show in the country I think it brings together heaps of sculptors and the work is phenomenal," said Sculptor Aaron Te Rangiao 

Getting ready for this year's event has been a huge challenge.

Back in July a stream on the farm was damned with giant logs and debris during the Canterbury floods - causing water to flood a large portion of the property.

"We knew we'd be open, but our front paddock still has piles of debris waiting to be taken away," said farm owner Philip King

The farm land has only started to dry out in the last few weeks - just in time for 64 sculptures to be installed.

Sean Crawford's work called the Butterfly effect has been driven all the way from the Wairarapa on the back of his trailer.

"I did get asked if I was getting ready for the Christmas parade it's probably a little bit early but when you have something that resembles a reindeer undercover," said Mr Crawford. 

For the sculptors a supreme award is on offer - Aaron Te Rangiao won it last time - he's back for another tilt at the title.

"That would be great but I've probably had my turn someone else's turn to shine I suppose," he said.

The event officially opens on Friday night and will be open to the public all weekend.