"The Corrugated Iron of Tirau" New Zealand Off The Beaten Path Tip by AKtravelers

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  Moses and the Dog: Tirau's church & Visitor Center
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  • Moses and the Dog: Tirau's church & Visitor Center - New Zealand
      Moses and the Dog: Tirau's church & Visitor Center
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  • The dog and the sheep in Tirau - New Zealand
      The dog and the sheep in Tirau
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  • Close-up of Tirau's visitor center - New Zealand
      Close-up of Tirau's visitor center
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A small town about an hor east of Hamilton on the North Island, Tirau is not a destination for most visitors to New Zealand. However, the town's location on National Route 1 on the way to highly-touristed places like Rotorua and Taupo must have inspired a bunch of metalworkers and architects while they were ingesting large quantities of narcotics, because they (the architects) have created the most bizarre cluster of buildings in the modern world. Tirau is a town that celebrates corrugated iron, with a vitiors center shaped like a dog, a gift shop shaped like a shep and a church with a corrugated 4-meter Moses (I think it's Moses) outside on the lawn. Almost every building has some sort of corrugated iron scultpure attached to it. It's definitely worth parking your car and taking a walk through town. And the town designers had a method to their madness -- we spent money on lunch and jade in a town that we would have otherwise blown right through.

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  • Written Mar 24, 2006
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