International travel

Necessary Places

After spending hours in a tour vehicle, or wandering through a museum, market or garden, that all-important stop to take care of bodily needs is essential.

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It’s important to know how to properly use the facilities!

When traveling with a wheelchair, knowing where to find an accessible “Restroom / WC / Toilette” is even more important.

Of course, accessibility is sometimes broadly defined, as wheelchair-user Mark Wilson cleverly notes in this post “The Disabled or Wheelchair Accessible Loo.”

Today I’ll leave the humorous writing to Mark, and I will share  few “potty photos” taken during my recent trip to New Zealand.

Sometimes the restrooms were delightfully artistic!Images by RJM

Paihia’s Wee Toilet

I was delighted to see that wheelchair users were welcome on the Hole-in-the-Rock cruise.

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Aboard Fullers Great Sights – Hole-in-the-Rock and Dolphin Cruise

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds had a very modern facility.

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Accessible restroom at Waitangi Treaty House, Bay of Islands, NZ

Children, or road-weary travelers, know where to go!

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Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park, Rotorua, NZ
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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Napier, New Zealand
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Napier, New Zealand
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Hokitika, New Zealand
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Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

Sometimes the facilities were spacious and blended well with the surroundings …

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Wellington Botanic Garden, New Zealand

… and sometimes not!

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Along the road to Milford Sound

Some were small and utilitarian …

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Definitely not wheelchair accessible. (Abel Tasman, South Island, New Zealand)

… while others were spacious and comfortable.

One of the nicest facilities we encountered. (And worth the $1.00 entry fee!) Photo by Francine Freitas
One of the nicest facilities we encountered – and worth the $1.00 entry fee!
(Photo by Francine Freitas)

None of our accommodations were meant to be wheelchair-accessible, and the bathrooms varied greatly.

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Tiny bathroom in our cabin at Bay View Snapper Holiday Park, Napier, NZ
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Spacious bathroom in our room at Quality Hotel Cargills, Dunedin, New Zealand

Fortunately, the only chamber pots we encountered were those on exhibit at the historic houses we visited. Thank goodness!

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Te Waimate Mission, New Zealand

As you can tell this post is meant to be lighthearted as well as informative, because having a sense of humor is essential when traveling!



By Jeri Murphy

Traveler, writer, photographer, former wedding officiant, mother, friend, explorer and new Texian ... that's just a little about me!

5 replies on “Necessary Places”

My group’s hunting and fishing camp, located in the middle of the George Washington National Forest, has an outdoor privy. But it is a special privy . . . a two seater with an electric light bulb overhead. It has accommodated many of us with disabilities.


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