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Kawakawa, New Zealand

Motto: Train Town
Kawakawa is located in Northland Region
Country New Zealand
Region Northland Region
District Far North District
Postcode(s) 0210

Kawakawa is a small town in the Northland Region of northern New Zealand. It had a population of 1347 at the 2006 census, down from 1401 in 2001.[1] Kawakawa developed as a service town when coal was found in the area in 1861, but there is no longer coal mining here. The economy is based on farming.[2]

The town is known as "Train town", because the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway runs down the middle of its main street on the way to Opua. 8 km of the 17 km track reopened in 2008.[3]

Entrance to the Hundertwasser toilet building

The town is also famous for its Hundertwasser toilet block, designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, who was a resident of the town from 1975 until his death in 2000. Another attraction is the nearby Kawiti glowworm Caves at Waiomio.


Kawakawa Primary School is a full primary (years 1-8) school with a roll of 210.[4]

Bay of Islands College is a secondary (years 9-13) school with a roll of 422.[5] It takes students from around the Bay of Islands and middle Northland, with 85% of its students travelling daily by bus to attend.[6]

Both schools have a decile rating of 1, and are coeducational.

Karetu School is also a local primary school in the Kawakawa region.


  1. ^ Quickstats about Kawakawa
  2. ^ "The Waiōmio valley".  
  3. ^ "Kawakawa Travel Guide".  
  4. ^ Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: Kawakawa Primary school
  5. ^ Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: Bay of Islands College
  6. ^ "Bay of Islands College - School Information". 

External links

  • Bay of Islands College school

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