A mazing day out

A MAZING: Two Mid Canterbury farming families are opening their maize mazes constructed mazes to the public.
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If you fancy finding your way through a living and growing maze, you are spoilt for choice this summer, with two Mid Canterbury farming families having constructed mazes in their paddocks of towering corn.

Maize mazes have become popular family attractions in New Zealand.

This Saturday will see the launch of Tamar Beef’s Maize Maze near Methven, while the Ashburton Maize Maze near Fairton is once again operating this year.

The Tamar Beef maze will be at 2390 Methven Highway. It will be open on January 27 from noon to 5pm.

The newly constructed maze covers about four hectares and will provide a fun day out for the whole family and individuals alike, with a sausage sizzle on site.

This is a cash only event, with adult tickets $10 per person and children under 12 get in for $5, all proceeds will be contributed to St John Ambulance.

Tamar Beef owner Richard Wright said he and fellow team members wanted to do a community project and raise money for charity.

‘‘We look forward to seeing everyone for a simple, fun and affordable family day out,’’ Wright said.

The maze will be managed by the drystock team of Tamar Beef, while both Methven and Mayfield Lions members will help manage the gate and barbecue.

More dates are to follow, including for a horror maze at the site. Further updates will be via the Tamar Beef Maize Maze event page on Facebook.

Meanwhile, the Ashburton Maize Maze has opened on the Hanrahan property at 451 Rakaia Highway, next to Hakatere Marae, near Fairton. It is open from 10am to 4pm, weather depending.

Entry, cash and eftpos, costs adults $10, children $5 and under fives are free. It includes unlimited entry and access to the maize maze challenge to locate eartags and solve a word puzzle.

Correct entries go in the draw to win two free passes to a popular horror maze held later in the season.

Opening times and special activities on site can be found on the Ashburton Maize Maze Facebook page.