New Zealand features in the latest Lonely Planet travel guide -- one that's dedicated to the world's best toilets.
Toilets: A Spotters Guide takes an in-depth look at loos with exceptional views, outstanding architectural design and other special features. More than 100 restrooms are featured, each with a picture, a description and where they're located.
Kawakawa's Hundertwasser toilets, Wellington's lobster loo and Gold Bay's penguin privy are featured, along with lovely loos from Mt Cook, the Redwoods and two from the Milford Track.
"As any experienced traveller knows, you can tell a whole lot about a place by its bathrooms. Whatever you prefer to call them -- lavatory, loo, bog, khasi, thunderbox, dunny, bathroom, restroom, washroom or water closet -- toilets are a (sometimes opaque, often wide-open) window into the secret soul of a destination," says Lonely Planet.
Matakana's contentious $400,000 public restroom with its face-to-face design also impressed the book's authors.
"Toilets so often transcend their primary function of being a convenience to become a work of art in their own right, or to make a cultural statement about the priorities, traditions and values of the venues, locations and communities they serve."
The guide also includes top toilets from across Asia, Europe, the Americas and Oceania.
Urinals inspired by the Rolling Stones seen in a bar in Paris (Reuters)
Plants grow in front of US public toilet building (Reuters)
A public toilet surrounded by snow in Alaska (Reuters)
"The world's most spacious toilet" in Tokyo (Reuters)
Toilets: A Spotters Guide goes on sale this month.