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“Unusual Restroom”

Kawakawa Public Toilets by Hundertwasser
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Kawakawa
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Cleveland, OH
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205 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Unusual Restroom”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

We stopped here to see the public toilets designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser in 1998 as a work of art. They were very fancy with a lot of colored tile and glass. In the end, though, they are just toilets. We did go across the street to a coffee shop where we could get a better view of the "Toilet" and enjoyed coffee and muffins. There is also a store next to the coffee shop which sells some of Friedensreich Hudertwasser's art work. While there we were also able to watch the tourist train go down the center of the street. All in all it was a pleasant stop.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank rrobbinsCleveland
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Never thought I'd be reviewing a toilet on TA.. Yet here we are..”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

..And what a toilet it is!! Very pleasing to the eye. Full of rich, vibrant colours and interesting patterns, it is worth a look see if you're visiting Kawakawa. The fact it is made entirely of local recycled materials is quite interesting. I didn't have much time to admire the artwork as I only had to do a number one, and taking a camera into the toilet to take some holiday snaps is unacceptable and very voyeur-esque no matter how unique the toilets are, so I recommend coming to the toilets needing to do a number two so you can spend some more time appreciating the interior.

At the end of the day, yes it's just a toilet. But if you're after something to entertain the senses whilst doing your business, a pit stop at the Kawakawa Public Toilets would be a worthwhile one!!

Visited July 2013
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Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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171 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Crazy mosiac tiling”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

Don't make a special trip to see these but if you are going through Kawakawa then its worth a stop just to say you have seen it and tick it off the list

Visited July 2013
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Knebworth, United Kingdom
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293 reviews
103 attraction reviews
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“Truly a toilet to remember and the only one I've reviewed”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

Whilst I wouldn't suggest going greatly out of your way just to see this, if you're passing through or nearby it's definitely worth a look and indeed use of the facilities ! Built entirely of local, recycled materials these are the strangest public toilets I've ever seen and do indeed appear to enjoy some level of fame. Perfectly functional and clean this provides a great photo and toilet stop in one.

Visited March 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Clean and quirky”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

I visited the Hundertwasser toilets this week during my three day stay in Kawakawa. I had read about them online and they did not disappoint. They were clean and did not smell at all ( maybe I was lucky, having read some of the others comments posted here) It is worth spending a bit of time both inside and outside the toilets looking at the detail of the design, including the gates and the floor. I was actually surprised that they were free to visit, but I did make a donation. They are just one part of many artistic endeavours in the town including a beautiful mural, Amaze Space cafe and mosaic street furniture.

Visited May 2013
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