Story: Northland places

Kawakawa public toilets (1st of 2)

Kawakawa public toilets

The main tourist attraction in Kawakawa is the colourful public toilet designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. First visiting New Zealand in the 1970s for an exhibition of his work, he decided to make the country his second home and bought property on the Waikare inlet, east of Kawakawa. In 1998 with the help of the community he transformed the town’s public toilets into a work of art.

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Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Photograph by Shirley Williams

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Claudia Orange, 'Northland places - The Waiōmio valley', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 December 2016)

Full story by Claudia Orange, published 12 Dec 2005, updated 4 May 2015