Ōrewa’s Sandcastle competition attracted 26 entries, with sand sculptors coming from as far away as Tauranga and Wellsford.
This is the seventh year that the event has run. It offers top prizes of $500 for the best sculptures made on roped off portions of Ōrewa Beach.
This year numbers were down by about half, which organiser Destination Ōrewa Beach puts down to a postponement caused by the recent Covid-19 lockdown.
However, the sunny day on Saturday March 20 drew plenty of spectators to the beach to watch the sculptures take shape.
Sea creatures are always popular subjects – this year they included an octopus, a whale and two turtles. Other sculptures included a 3D map of New Zealand, a giant tower and a car.
‘Iceberg and penguins’ was a first time entry for the Graham family of Red Beach. Mike Graham used concreting tools to form the penguins and the sculpture won the beginner category.
A group of friends from Tindalls Bay and Ōrewa made a seaweed strewn hobbit house that was popular with spectators.
A big feature of the event is the giant sculpture made on Moana Reserve by Christchurch’s In Good Form. Covid-19 reduced this a little – five tons less of sand was trucked in for the sculpture, and two sculptors (instead of three) made the work over several days.