Corrugated Capital

Dubbed the ‘Corrugated Capital of the World,’ this vibrant town set amongst New Zealand’s most fertile farmland boasts some amazing corrugated iron sculptures.

The small quirky town of Tirau is famous for its corrugated iron buildings constructed into trio of giant metal ewe, ram and sheepdog, a huge attraction to visitors. Tirau is located in the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand, about 50 km southeast of Hamilton.

Famously dubbed the ‘Corrugated Capital of the World’, Tirau is characterized by its enormous corrugated iron structures and signage. Sculptures include – a pukeko, a praying mantis, a cow pushing a shopping trolley, and the Good Shepherd.

Above Poppie café are huge bright iron poppies, above the dairy is a corrugated milk box, a corrugated Santa sits above the Christmas shop, and at least two corrugated vehicles advertising mechanics and panel beaters, and even a corrugated licorice all-sorts man.

Tirau also has other tourist attractions – from Pamela’s Castle, Deciduus & Santie a boutique gallery, to the breathtaking Te Waihou Walkway and Blue Spring, with its pure water. The town also hosts, the Trash and Treasure Market and Country Market.

There are many charming cafés, restaurants, antique and gift shops, fine art and plant boutique, homeware stores, ice cream parlours and much more. The nearby Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel offers natural outdoor spas, a golf course, and accommodations.

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