TOURISTS in New Zealand are flocking to a remote town to take selfies in its toilet.
Found in the town of Kawakawa on the North Island, the popular loos sees more than 250,000 visitors ever year.
Found five hours north of Auckland, it is hardly your standard public loo.
The Hundertwasser toilet’s allure is founded in the fact it’s an architectural stunner, created by famed Austrian architect and artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
His work, which ranges from pocket-sized canvases to incredibly unique buildings, is spotted around Austria’s Vienna and Germany and always attracts a crowd.
And this maze of a toilet is the only example of his architectural work in the Southern Hemisphere.
Hundertwasser moved to New Zealand in the 1970s and created his toilet masterpiece in 1999.
But the architect never got to see how popular it would become in the next two decades as the following year he died at sea at the age of 71.
These days, there’s a steady stream of travellers detouring ten-minutes off the state highway to Kawakawa to have their photo taken inside and outside of the unusual design on any given day.
And the neat line of tourists waiting to have their photo moment actually rarely use the fully-working facilities available.
Hundertwasser was an architect whose work focused firmly on opposing the concept of a straight line, and the toilet is a cobbled example of this.
He used bricks recycled from a demolished Bank of New Zealand building, tiles made by students at Bay of Islands College, empty bottles and scraps of concrete, steel and copper for the truly eclectic creation.
It was a commissioned piece by the Kawawaka Community Board who wanted the tourist driving to the nearby Bay of Islands, the third most popular spot for visitors in the country, to use the former coal town as a pit-stop to help with dwindling economics.
With the constant arrival of tourists, small cafes have popped-up along the very small high street that was one run-down and desolate.
The area has unofficially become known as “Hundertwasser Town”.
It perhaps sounds a little potty that a toilet can push life into a remote Kiwi town but toilet tourism has continued to grow in New Zealand and is taken very seriously.
So seriously, in fact, that a huge chunk of this year’s NZ$19.3million (£10.2 million) tourism funding is going to improve public toilets.
The market town of Matakana is another remote spot that has become a tourist haven in the last few years, due to the incredibly designed “ship shape” public toilets, created by Auckland fine arts student Steffan de Haan, who acknowledged the local boat-building industry with his offering.
And due to a boost in tourism in the ever-popular wine district of Marlborough, a staggering NZ$420,000 (£222,000) was pushed into the renovation of a toilet block last year, which was already popular due to a large mural of a mermaid on the outside.
And the Wellington’s “lobster loo” which is shaped, you got it, like a lobster, was erected in 2011 as a tourist attraction, which costs the government $375,000 (£198,000).
Another world-famous loo can be found in Malta which was dubbed the “best public toilet” by easyJet Traveller magazine.
The toilet boasts neon lights as well as a toilet attendant dressed in a dinner jacket and bow tie, with it costing just 30 cents to use.
This article was originally published by news.com.au and was reproduced with permission.