Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tirau - Not A Tin-Pot Town!

Welcome to Tirau!NZ is dotted with small rural communities, often existing simply because at one stage they may have been a pioneering settlement or a farm supply depot. Now they just...are.
Fancy a pint?Tirau used to be like this, but these days the friendly little South Waikato town (pop.800) seems abuzz with energy! It has a growing reputation as a great place to shop for curios and antiques – and of course have 'a cold one' in the archetypal country pub at the top of the hill - but down along the main street is a healthy collection of craft shops, clothing boutiques, cafes...and corrugated iron!
The unique information centreCould these be the world's biggest poppies?Yes, that classic kiwi construction component appears everywhere: from signage and decorations, to the largest corrugated iron sheep and sheepdog in the world! Tirau's great Information Centre is housed in a building shaped like a dog, and complements the sheep-shaped building next door which is home to a wool and craft shop. Wonderful landmarks for any tourist! And a giant corrugated Good Shepherd stands just along the road - appropriately right outside the local church.
Corrugated iron signage is everywhere!Bras! Bras! And more bras! Are Tirau Girl Guides busting out??!!Tirau is right in the middle of some of the most fertile land in New Zealand, with a variety of outdoor high-adventure activities nearby...and only 15km away is Lake Karapiro, which hosts the 2010 World Rowing Championships (October 31st - November 7th). So I suspect many tourists will discover and love the tin-shed town of Tirau this year (and make the local corrugated iron fabricator a bit wealthier too!).
And when they visit, I hope they remember to donate their BRAS! Dunno what the local Girl Guides actually want them for...but this is the sort of sign you'll only find in Heartland New Zealand!


Anonymous said...

Enjoyed your blog today.
Tirau is a great town good photos too did you take em?

Philbee, NZ said...

Thanx for your comment! Yes, I did take these pix: I was passing through Tirau back in February, on a lovely summer's day. It's a great little place.