Praise for Tirau’s user-friendly toilets
While public toilets often get a bad rap users of Tirau’s don’t seem to mind stopping by.
The New Zealand Automobile Associations (AA) Member Survey has revealed a handful of top public toilet locations and Tirau’s corrugated dog toilets have impressed.
AA communications consultant Mehpara Khan said users of Tirau’s public toilets liked them for several reasons.
‘‘The big one was how clean they are and people love the design,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s well located, easy to spot and always has toilet paper. Best of all they’re free to use.’’
One user said they are ‘‘perfectly situated for stops on the drive from Auckland to Wellington’’.
AA Traveller marketing manager Rhys James said it’s not always easy to get good feedback when it comes to public toilets.
‘‘Kiwis aren’t that easily impressed, so when people mention a public toilet as decent, it’s fair to assume they mean it,’’ he said.
‘‘When we travel, we don’t really think about loos until we actually need them and then they become really important. When we’re in unfamiliar territory the challenge is to find one in time, especially when the kids are in
‘‘A good public toilet that travellers can find easily is likely to help form opinions about a place and also drive custom for those businesses located nearby.’’
the back seat getting vocal about their needs.’’
‘‘A good public toilet that travellers can find easily is likely to help form opinions about a place and also drive custom for those businesses located nearby. While we weren’t asking about poor-quality toilets, the more than 2000 responses we had on the best demonstrates that travellers are well catered for pretty much wherever they go in New Zealand,’’ he said.
Other standout toilets included the Taupo Superloo which was one of New Zealand’s first userpay facilities and those in Ashburton, the Friedensreich Hundertwasser designed toilet in Kawakawa, Cambridge, Cheviot, Geraldine, Gordonton, Kaikoura, Matamata, Picton, Piopio, Taihape, and Waiouru.
AA Traveller marketing manager Rhys James The Tirau public toilets are located in a large corrugated iron dog.