Tirau's giant corrugated iron dog and sheep dominate the town's main street.
Tirau's giant corrugated iron dog , Hamilton - Waikato

By Hamilton & Waikato Tourism

Tirau's sheep is a favourite photo opportunity for visitors
Tirau's giant sheep, Hamilton - Waikato

By Hamilton & Waikato Tourism

In Tirau you'll see corrugated iron artwork depicting all sorts of things
Artwork in Tirau, Hamilton - Waikato

By Hamilton & Waikato Tourism


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

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 and a sheep. 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.

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Hilltop Views - Accommodation in Maungatautari New Zealand
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Easily the best of all our stays Hope to be back soon, Sharon, Norm, Rachel, Andrew, Queensland, Australia.Absolutely gorgeous we don’t want to leave, Gabi, Olaf, Germany.Lovely place fantastic views, Cath, Dave, North Yorkshire, England.We re back in Germany back at work and longing for N... (more)
Lake Karapiro Lodge - Accommodation in Karapiro New Zealand
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Lake Karapiro Lodge features a spacious sun terrace offering views of the surrounding countryside and lake. Gourmet breakfast is included. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub and sauna.Each room at Lake Karapiro Lodge Waikato features a flat-screen TV, heating and tea/coff... (more)
Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel - Accommodation in Okoroire New Zealand
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Okoroire Hotel is a beautiful, famouss 'Olde World' country pub built in the 1880's and nestled in eighty acres of park surroundings on the banks of the Waihou River. Our family has owned and operated this business for three generations. The hotel is constructed from native timbers and is ... (more)
Oraka Deer Park - Accommodation in Okoroire New Zealand
Delightful, sunny, warm and welcoming - our country cottage is nestled in tranquil rambling gardens with panoramic views of the deer farm at every turn. Two bedrooms; one with a super king-size bed, the other with a double and a single bed, plus a double sofa bed in the lounge. Down duvets... (more)
Rose Lodge - Accommodation in Tirau New Zealand
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Boutique Bed and Breakfast located in the lovely town of Tirau, offering close proximity to all shopping and food outlets. Two self contained motel style rooms with old world ambiance set in an historic house.... (more)
Tirau Motor Inn - Accommodation in Tirau New Zealand
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Situated in the heart of the Waikato only 40 minutes to Rotorua, Hamilton and Tauranga.Tirau is renowned as the corrugated iron capital of the country, the Motel is situated on the main rd across the road from the Sheep Dog (I-Site) Building.One of the closest motels to The Hobbiton Movie ... (more)
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    Sat 1 Dec 2018 4:00PM / Dance
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  • Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Mon 16 Jul 2018 6:00PM / Education
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    Tue 6 Nov 2018 7:30PM / Dance Classes
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    Tue 16 Oct 2018 7:30PM / Dance Classes
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    Wed 7 Feb 2018 3:30PM / Ballet
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    Wed 7 Mar 2018 4:00PM / Ballet
    This is another fun ballet class for children who are 5 to 6years upwards. The level is a little more challenging than the Beginners class but still with all the elements and wonderful benefits of classical ballet ... more
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    Sat 24 Nov 2018 5:00PM / Motorsport
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    Thu 18 Oct 2018 7:30PM / Ethnic, Multicultural
    Beginners welcome. Drums Provided. Freshly back from his tour of Ghana Africa, Come and share some of the gems gathered from Nathans time studying with the Griots (traditional holders of musical knowledge) in Africa. ... more
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    Sat 24 Nov 2018 7:00PM / Motorsport
    Enjoy the crash and bash of Superstocks and Stockcars as they fight it out in the House of Travel Points Series. Enjoy some of New Zealand's Best cars at the track that was last year crowned the top Club run track in the ... more
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    Sat 24 Nov 2018 9:00AM / Lifestyle Shows, Expos
    Discover some of the Waikato’s finest private estate gardens and homes. On this guided tour by comfortable bus, you visit six properties, meet the owners and hear the fascinating stories of the history. The ... more
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    Fri 11 May 2018 6:00PM / Education
    Become a confident Xero user in just 8 hours right from the comfort of your own home! Certificate in Xero Accounting 2018 is a “must do course” for those who are running their own business or looking for a job in ... more
  • Restaurant Cafe Versailles, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Fri 2 Nov 2018 7:00PM / Comedy
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    Sun 28 Oct 2018 4:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    An outdoor Gourmet Food market with food from around the Globe. There is something for everyone, with Mexican, Korean, Vietnamese Baguettes, Fresh Fruit Ice Cream and so much more. Bring the whole family and your ... more
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    Tue 27 Nov 2018 8:30AM / Business & Professional
    The one stop event showcasing New Zealand effluent industry experts. This Effluent Expo is encouraging farmers to de-risk themselves through education. They have access to seminars that run over both days from both ... more
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    Tue 27 Nov 2018 4:30PM / Business & Professional
    You are invited to our first ever talk sh*t, literally, function. This afternoon/evening is designed to be relaxed, social and a bit of fun. A place where exhibitors, industry/rural professionals and farmers can come ... more
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    Sat 24 Nov 2018 8:00PM / Blues
    Chris Thompson and The Kings Of Rhythm One only band show celebrating the album release premiere of the lost psych folk, folk blues and rock, what was meant to be Hamilton born acoustic and blues Chris Thompson’s, ... more
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    Fri 14 Dec 2018 8:45PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
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    Sat 24 Nov 2018 1:00PM / Education
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    Sun 25 Nov 2018 12:00PM / Dance Classes
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    Sat 24 Nov 2018 3:00PM / Children, Kids, Holidays
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