This is not a kitchen sink, it’s a…..!

The Hundertwasser Toilets were bizarre toilets but this one in Waihi just made us laugh out loud!

I talked about the artistic Hundertwasser toilets in my previous Travel Tuesday (or maybe that should be Toilet Tuesday) post. I hasten to add that these Men’s toilets in Waihi were not in anyway artistic, quite the opposite in fact,  but they did make us laugh.  They also gave us a good story to tell when we returned home.

The Mathematician, and our travelling buddy Bob, seem to find the most interesting toilets whenever we’ve travelled in New Zealand.  For some reason they make it their mission to source “Toilets of Interest” and often come back from a visit to the Men’s room chortling and reaching for their cameras – yes to go back in and take a photo!! Here are just a few examples to whet your appetite:

  • There was the great toilet at Glenorchy on the South Island that had the newspaper set up to read while conducting business – I never did get to see that one!
  • There were the many toilets that had hilarious posters and signs, artistic decor and just plain clever aspects that usually I missed seeing (for obvious reasons).

It’s now become such a habit that one of the first things they do in a new place is check out the toilets in case they have something to add to their portfolio! Don’t ask how old they are 🙂

Waihi train station

The first I knew of the nature of these toilets on the station at Waihi, was my husband calling loudly and at first I thought something was wrong – but no, he was trying not to laugh too hard.

The rawness, the honesty of the notice, the rusticness and simplicity had really captured his attention:



We could only wonder at what had happened to necessitate the need for this notice!

This is not a kitchen sink, it is a Men’s Urinal

Please do not warm food dishes in the urinal!

The train station itself was lovely, with a historic Goldfields train running regularly, a shop with historical information and a very helpful lady working hard to share the love of the area. We didn’t ask her about the men’s toilet sign but maybe we should have!

Hauraki Rail Trail

We were riding the Hauraki Rail Trail in the North island of New Zealand and the section from Paeroa to to Waihi, through the Karangahake Gorge, was a delightful day of cycling due to the amazing gorge, the green fields, the historical aspects along the way, the gentle undulations and the gorgeous sunny day, after a wet and windy start.



Unfortunately the track was undergoing maintenance at the time we were there so we didn’t get to ride back on the old train but we thoroughly enjoyed our ride nevertheless. The town of Waihi was another interesting place full of gold mining history.

You can read more about our cycling tour on the Hauraki Rail Trail in this post – What you need to know to cycle the beautiful Hauraki Rail Trail.

What ‘interesting toilets’ have you seen from your travels around the world? Why do you think they had to put up this sign in the first place?  Let’s start a conversation!!

Interesting toilets while travelling in New Zealand

Deb 🙂

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32 Replies to “This is not a kitchen sink, it’s a…..!”

        1. Oh yes indeed…have you tried to navigate a Thai Squat toilet when the only light you have is from your torch and you are in a wooden shack and not sure what other visitors of the flying and biting capacity are around???

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  1. I was an au pair girl in Paris after high school. My room was on the top floor of an old apartment building with the rest of the servants, and we all had to share a Turkish toilet. Nothing but a hole in the ground with two foot markers flanking it. It was just as disgusting as it sounds! 😄

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  2. Hi, Debbie – That ‘Kitchen Sink’ toilet made me laugh out loud!
    Even though I have traveled fairly extensively, I have never really paid attention to toilets…or photographed them. You have now inspired me to pay more attention!

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  3. My mind boggles at the thought of what had gone on in there before they felt the need to put up a notice. I’d probably have to have it explained to me too – it didn’t look like any of the few urinals I’ve had the pleasure of seeing!

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  4. I used to go to the toilet wherever we went as a family when i was younger. I used to tell my parents about how good or bad they were. Over time they were asking me for ratings and even went so far as to start calling me “The toilet Inspector” Best toilet ever was at a restaurant in Hamburg. 10 out of 10 easy.

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