"Tirau, on the way to Rotorua and Taupo." Tirau by kiwi

Tirau Travel Guide: 37 reviews and 128 photos

Tirau is a very interesting small town that services the traffic passing through. Located on State Highway 1 where it also converges with St Hwy 5 & Prov St Hwy 27, it has a lot of vehicles passing bye.
A great marketing and development job has been done on Tirau and here you can see the Information Office shaped like a sheep dog and the Wool/Souvenier shop shaped like a sheep.
A must see place to have your photo taken!! The Sheep was built in 1994, and the Dog in 1998 followed by a trend to have corrugated iron signs all around town.

Originally called Oxford, it's name was changed in 1895 to Tirau. Probably to avoid confusion with Oxford down in Canterbury, South Island.
Ti = Cabbage Tree, rau = many.
So Tirau is the place of many Cabbage Trees!

Something for everyone here at Tirau.

This town has become revitalised over recent years, and has developed into an oasis of a stop for the passing vehicles. It is situated on State Hwy One, therefore has a lot of traffic passing through. Seemed only logical to harness this flow of people and attract them to stop and spend some of their money!
The shops are so interesting and varied, almost something for everyone within a short walk of the car.
Another point of interest in Tirau is the common style of sign which most businesses have embraced, in the corrugated iron medium.

Here is the church in the main street of Tirau. It's large (for a small town) has development out the back, is well used and brings the community together.

I have dedicated this photo to vt member "craic".

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Really nice cafés and shops.
  • Cons:A lot of traffic.
  • In a nutshell:A fine place to stop on your journey.
  • Last visit to Tirau: Dec 2011
  • Intro Updated Dec 17, 2011
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  • Herwig1961's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Hm,strange place in a way...But would like to visit:-)))Thanks for sharing!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Will have to go back there now, didn't see all of the things made out of iron, its an interesting town, and I like you photos.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2007 at 5:31 AM

    have saved your cheapest jade tip - sounds interesting for a shop up next time im passing through!

  • Geoff_Wright's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2005 at 2:05 PM

    Didn't realise you had tarmac roads out there, hahaha. Grate doggie and sheeeeeeeeeep.

  • Darby2's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2005 at 3:04 PM

    We must do lunch at Alley Kat's café!!! We must, we must, WE MUST!!!

  • allikat's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2005 at 1:59 PM

    Horse has settled in nicely and is looking forward to summer on the deck with his head wobbling....

  • worldkiwi's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2005 at 1:53 PM

    Another really informative page Pam! That tourist trap tip is a good one... there is now another cashpoint type machine just south of the Caltex one. Hats off to the folk of Tirau who have made their town an attraction to the passing traveller!

  • Kate-Me's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2004 at 7:51 PM

    Great town, I loved it! Didn't realize there were so few VT pages on this great town, till Craic noticed the one I've just made. I just love the dog...

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2003 at 5:15 PM

    this place rocks

  • nada1712's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2003 at 1:42 PM

    Great page !!Tirau always makes me laugh !As I round the bend can't wait to get a glimpse of those 'things'. They surely are unique - How on earth did they get planning permission? Best wishes Nada

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