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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Kawakawa. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

The small Northland town of Kawakawa is home to an unusual tourist attraction – vibrant and colourful public toilets designed by the Austrian artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Hundertwasser, whose distinctive work featured curves, spirals and bright colours, lived outside Kawakawa from the 1970s until his death.

Kawakawa public toilets,

The Waiōmio valley,


Archival audio: Chris Maclean

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

Map showing Kawakawa’s Colourful Loos - Roadside Story