While traveling from Cambridge to Rotorua we passed through the town of Tirau. Imagine our delight when we came to these buildings! Here is a bit of the history regarding the buildings…
“The Sheep Wool Gallery is a sheep skin rug and novelty shop which offers woolen goods and gifts while the Dog Building is an Information Centre and public restroom. The buildings were built in 1994 and are along the main road in Tirau.
The idea to build an information centre in the shape of a dog initially came from John Drake, the owner of the land, and this led to the large corrugated iron building known as the “Sheep”.
When the South Waikato District Council was looking for a site to build new public toilets, the land beside the Sheep belonging to John and Nancy Drake seemed to be ideal. Work on the Dog Building started in January 1998 and it was officially opened in September 1998. The shape of the Dog’s head was constructed by local craftsman Steven Clothier.
The common material used to build structures such as barns and storage sheds is corrugated iron. This material has been used to build extraordinary looking animal-shaped buildings in Tirau, Waikato.”