Where three Highways meet
Tirau Travel Blog› entry 31 of 31 › view all entries
March 23rd, 2009 – by: goezi
Originally it was called Oxford but New Zealand was growing so quickly you had to be fast to grab the best names and when the Registry noted there was already an Oxford in the South Island this one had to look to the Maori name, Tirau.
If you stop for the night at the hotel on top of the hill you will note that it is called the Oxford Hotel and you will be able to share your little piece of trivia with those sitting with you at the dining table.
Recently Tirau has undergone a revitalisation of it's shopping center by opening a number of antique stores. Over the past few years some of these have closed with new specialty stores opening in their place.
It is not just it's location that makes Tirau a good place to stop and take a break. The town is seen as a destination in it's own right for day trippers wanting to go somewhere interesting to shop, stroll, enjoy morning or afternoon tea, or as my friend and I did, dine.
The most obvious thing you will note as you enter Tirau is that the whole place seems full of corrugated iron characters, the most well known of these being the huge sheep laying piecefully in the grass.
This was one of the first of the creations and was soon joined by the District Council's dog, which houses the information center and the public toilets.
Tirau is worth a stop and look.
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