Kawakawa, New Zealand
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Kawakawa is the gateway to the Bay of Islands, marked by its unique entrance sign, an arch constructed in the style of Frederick Hundertwasser.
Kawakawa is home to the famous Hundertwasser-designed public toilets - a definite must on your itinerary. This is the only building in the Southern Hemisphere designed by the Austrian born artist and is the last building he designed before he died in 1999. The toilets were awarded the prestigious ‘Golden Plunger’ award in a world-wide search for the best public toilets as voted by the travelling public!
Gabriel, the renowned steam train which runs through the centre of town presently takes passengers on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday for a 30 min ride through the beautiful surrounding countryside, and the station is open and welcomes visitors. Kawakawa is the only town in New Zealand to boast a railway track through the centre of the commercial area.
Visit the Museum in the old Memorial Library (open Thursdays & Fridays) for a glimpse of Kawakawa's coal mining history. Visit also the Kawiti glow-worm caves at Waiomio which boast a galaxy of glow-worm lights, white limestone formations and 12 generations of history.
Kawakawa is a unique small town Northland experience – come and see why Hundertwasser fell in love with his adopted home.
Located on the waterfront 100 metres from Paihia wharf and township the Kingsgate Hotel is the ideal base to explore the Bay of Islands.View Details View Rates & Availability
Perfectly located to enjoy the famous Te Ti Beach mid-way between Paihia's charming township and historic Waitangi. This spacious Paihia accommodation provides a contemporary design offering guests the best of comfort and convenience.View Details View Rates & Availability
Puketi Heights Bed and Breakfast is in the home of Ian and Barbara Candy. Farmers for forty years on the fringe of the stunning Puketi Kauri Rainforest, their home is in a beautiful rural setting.View Details View Rates & Availability
BOIHA provide a selection of Qualmark endorsed, executive/luxury, family, couples accommodation and bed and breakfast options that cater for those who seek peace of mind at holiday time.View Details View Rates & Availability
We would like to welcome you to the Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel. We are situated only minutes from the hive of activity in central Paihia. This unique Motel has a range of Apartments and units to suit all occasions, some with MAGNIFICENT SEA VIEWSView Details View Rates & Availability