• 'Corrugated Capital of the World'
  • Boutique gift shops
  • Cafes


You can't miss Tirau – just look for the large corrugated iron buildings constructed to look like a sheep, dog and ram. This town is a little quirky!

Tīrau, corrugated-iron capital, New Zealand

Corrugated iron is a classic New Zealand building material, but it can also be a creative medium. In Tirau, the artful side of corrugated iron is explored.

Large buildings have been constructed to resemble a dog, sheep and ram. Sculptures include a pukeko, a praying mantis and a cow pushing a shopping trolley. It all makes for an entertaining rest stop.

There are also number of charming cafés, boutique gift shops and galleries and antique shops for browsing as well as the nearby Okoroire Hot Springs hotel which offers natural outdoor spas, and golf course and accommodation.

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