Corn and Hedge Mazes

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Corn and Hedge Maze

Corn and Hedge Mazes - grow your entertainment!
A corn or maize maze is a maze cut out of a corn field. They have become popular family attractions in New Zealand, and a way for farms to create tourist income. Many are based on artistic designs such as characters from movies or have themes, such as the Haunted Horror 'Corn Evil' mazes in Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay and Manawatu. Most mazes have a path which goes all around the whole pattern, either to end in the middle or to come back out again. 

A hedge maze is an outdoor garden maze or labyrinth in which the walls or dividers between passages are made from vertical hedges.  One of the most famous hedge mazes is Hampton Court in England, planted somewhere between 1689 and 1695!

Maze Facts

The largest corn maze in the world is located in Dixon, California and is 45 acres (180,000m squared) in area as of 2010. Although this corn maze may hold distinction as the world's largest corn maze, Adventure Acres corn maze in Bellbrook, Ohio, just outside of Dayton, Ohio consists of 62 acres (250,000 m squared) of corn maze with 8.5 miles (13.7 km) of trails.

Creating a maize maze :: Ben Tothill of Tothills Mazes, Christchurch

Creating a corn maze is harder than you might think. The design is the most difficult part. It takes many hours of work to design a maze that is both fun, challenging, not too long nor too short to conquer and results in actually becoming disorientated and getting lost. I usually start by taking a world famous maze and adapting it. That way there is a story to attach to the experience. However those other mazes are created to different physical dimensions, so mathematically it can be very challenging to adopt an existing maze. A corn maze is also appealing if the shape is attractive, and this often creates challenges in the application of principles of mathematical geometry. For example, it is not possible for all the ‘spokes’ of a circular maze to radiate from the centre of the pattern. It is necessary to offset the radiating ‘spokes’ in order to ensure that the maze challenge ‘works’, but without the visual effect of appearing as if the spokes don’t radiate from the centre. See the pattern of our lawn labyrinth for example. You will note that none of the spokes run from or directly through the dead centre.

The pattern is created on graph paper, with a pencil, ruler, drawing compass and an eraser. Once the pattern is perfected to scale, it is then marked out in the young corn paddock using marking paint. This requires some precision (using tape measures) because if a mistake is made in the translation of the pattern onto the ground, then the whole effect and challenge of the maze can be lost.

When the corn plants are about the height of a gumboot, we cut the pattern out with a hoe. This can be labourious, but again, a mistake in cutting a path can ruin the challenge and effect of the maze, so it is important to get it right.

The corn can grow at surprising rates. For example in a month the corn can grow up to 4 cm in a single day under the right growing conditions. That is a staggering metre in less than four weeks. So a delay in marking out or hoeing at the right time, can create a whole lot of extra work.

New Zealand Mazes

Check out a top maze attraction in New Zealand;

>> Amaze Me - Rotorua

A fantastic outing for the family - aMAZEme features a giant hedge maze plus other activities. Try to find the centre of the maze by following 1.4km of winding hedge-lined pathways. You'll get lost and have loads of laughs! There are a series of escape doors through the maze so you can always make a quick exit. While you're here, visit our aviary, small animal petting enclosure and Monarch butterfly house. Toilets on-site, open 7 days, weather permitting. Located very close to Rotorua, 500m off State Highway 5, next to Agrodome.

 

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  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
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  • Gore
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  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
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  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.