Horopito Motors, Horopito, 21st July 2012


edition of 3 + 2 artist copies.

unframed print, signed and editioned on the back.

Printed on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Photo Rag 310gsm Matt Paper.

Available in 1 size:




Horopito Motors, Horopito, 21st July 2012

This photograph was included in my 2013 exhibition ‘Zealandia: Views from the peak?’. This was a photographic study of the oil and gas industry in New Zealand.

Shot on 4×5 film and later digitally scanned, retouched and inkjet printed at a large size to retain detail.

This image was made in a place called Horopito Motors in the central North Island amongst the volcanic plateau. Horopito Motors is one of my most favourite places in New Zealand to photograph. It is a photographers delight. Set up by Bill Cole in the 1940s, the car collection at Horopito grew and grew. Today old cars rust and rot into the landscape here. It was Bills philosophy that “if a car for dismantling came into the yard and whatever parts were not sold they would stay there. Nothing was scrapped”. As a result, Horopito Motors resembles more of a museum than a scrapyard. Decades of history of the motor car and subsequently the fossil fuel industry are on display in the shape of the motor vehicle amongst the picturesque backdrop of the Tongariro National Park.


All prints are supplied unframed. This is to avoid any damage during shipping. I am happy to advise you on my suggested framing method. For more information please contact me via email at peter@peterevansphotography.co.nz