Kawakawa

Kawakawa

Kawakawa has the world’s best bathroom! World famous Hundertwasser toilets - Golden orbs adorn a grass tuft roof, atop a building of mosaic tiling, copper handwork, sculptures and cobblestone floors.  The public toilets were designed by Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, who was a resident of the town from 1975 until his death in 2000.

Kawakawa is also famous for The Bay of Islands Vintage railway.  The railway, which runs down the middle of the main street, was re-established in the late 1980’s (after its early life hauling coal from nearby mines). It now operates a scenic tourist railway between Kawakawa and Taumarere Station. It is unique in the world as it is the only working railway where the trains travel down the middle of a State Highway. For information on the train timetable visit www.bayofislandsvintagerailway.org.nz 

The town is also full of treasure troves such as gift shops, food & coffee, and local Maori artists.  Also has the closest hospital.

Another attraction nearby is the Kawiti Glowworm Caves which is located at Waiomio

Surrounding Area includes

Paihia, Waitangi, Moerewa and Kerikeri where further accommodation, options, and activities are found.