A loo with a view – on Tiritiri Matangi Island

Yes, I should write more like a travel writer – maybe – and less like a loo-obsessed nomad, but this is too good not to share.

The travel guide bit first: Tiritiri Matangi is a wildlife sanctuary, just a ferry ride from Auckland. It’s a magical place where volunteers are an essential part of its establishment and continuing maintenance. It is free of mammals which prey on native birds so rare native birds are safe here. They don’t know to be scared of humans so you can walk among them and enjoy their calls and their antics.

Everything about the island is eco-friendly – of necessity as well as because that is the ethos of the place. This was my second visit and it was even more magical because I knew the history of the place and what to look out for in terms of the birds.

The toilets are set a little bit away from the visitor centre and I admired the view while I waited for my turn. It was a sociable wait, with much chatting about walking sandals and comparing views from other toilets. The most spectacular loo-view I have seen was in Ethiopia in 2009 but this one comes a respectable second.