Since the November 1999 opening of the Hundertwasser toilets in Kawakawa, visitor numbers have steadily increased and have exceeded all expectations.

Approximately 10 000 people call every month to admire Hundertwasser’s last genuine architecture. It is the only Hundertwasser building in the Southern hemisphere and the only one he supervised and worked on himself until completion.

Models planned visitor centre within the Hundertwasser Park

Visitors come to Kawakawa to see this work of art for various reasons, and they all leave with a smile on their faces.

For some it is the first contact with Hundertwasser’s art, but many come to see this remote iconic Hundertwasser building, knowing his art work and architecture from other places around the world.

People from New Zealand come and want to learn more about this man who made Kawakawa famous.

New Zealand’s schools have adopted Hundertwasser into the curriculum and every New Zealand child learns about Hundertwasser at some stage during their schooling.

Models of the planned visitor centre within the Hundertwasser Park in Kawakawa

It became quite obvious with this level of attention, that a way would have to be found, to inform visitors more about Hundertwasser and in particular to answer questions about his life here in the Bay of Islands.

The staff at the toilets are bombarded with questions like:

"Who was this man who made Kawakawa his second home, far away from Europe?"

"Where and how did he live here?"

"What was his philosophy on life and why did he create such a colourful, lively building?"

It is the aim of the Trust to design and build a visitor centre within the Hundertwasser Park.

One could not imagine a better place to welcome visitors and extend an invitation to learn more about Frederick Hundertwasser’s life here in the Bay of Islands. 

A permanent exhibition and learning environment and cafe amongst those trees he loved so passionately will be accessible through a small passageway next to the toilets.

The new plan for the centre also connects the Hundertwasser Park to the Pou Herenga Tai, Twin Coast Cycle Way and the centre of Kawakawa, through a town square.  The library and service centre will be relocated into the new Kawakawa Hundertwasser Park Centre - Te Hononga (the joining of cultures).

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