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The Taupo Superloo was one of the first user-
pays facilities created for travellers. The 50c entry
fee provides access to standard and squat toilets
along with a bidet. For a little extra, there are
showers, lockers and even towels for hire.
“Kiwis aren’t that easily impressed, so when
people mention a public toilet as decent, it’s fair
to assume they mean it,” Rhys says.
While facilities in many places were noted
in the survey, Piopio featured with the other
standouts in Ashburton, Cambridge, Cheviot,
Geraldine, Gordonton, Kaikoura, Matamata,
Picton, Taihape, Tirau and Waiouru.
The added touch of fresh flowers, good mobil-
ity access, lighting, well-stocked with paper and
soap, music and good parking were noted in many
locations as why a toilet was good.
“A good public toilet that travellers can find
easily is likely to help form opinions about a place
and also drive custom for those businesses located
nearby,” says Mr James.
“While we weren’t asking about poor-quality
toilets, the more than 2000 responses we had
on the best demonstrates that travellers are well
catered for pretty much wherever they go in New
AA Traveller has helped Kiwis see the best of
New Zealand for more than 100 years.
It publishes and distributes more than three
million guides and maps every year, and provides
travellers with information to inspire and assist
them in planning travel and to make bookings at
more than 1800 properties on aatraveller.co.nz
AFTER 27 days missing at sea, Kawhia man
Alan Langdon and his six-year-old daughter Que
were found safe and sound on Wednesday on the
east coast of Australia.
Police announced they had found the Lang-
dons at 4.46pm on Wednesday, 20 minutes after
Thursday’s issue of this newspaper had gone to
The pair sailed out of the Kawhia Harbour
on a 6m catamaran on December 17 sparking a
large scale search of New Zealand waters due to
Mr Langdon not giving anybody any notification
of his intentions.
The search was officially called off on January 3
and Interpol were alerted to their disappearance.
Then, more than three weeks after they were
last seen, their damaged yacht pulled into port
at Ulladulla Harbour, more than 2000km away
There was widespread speculation Langdon
(49) was embroiled in a custody dispute at the
Que’s mother, Ariane Wyler, who had hired
Australian child recovery specialist Col Chap-
man to find her daughter was notified imme-
Chapman was hired to find Que after the yacht
failed to arrive at the Bay of Islands, where it was
believed they would be spending Christmas.
This was the second time Wyler had hired
Chapman to locate her daughter and estranged
After hearing that her daughter had been
found, Chapman told the NZ Herald that Wy-
ler was “thrilled, over the moon, ecstatic, she
couldn’t be happier”.
The pair were reunited a few days later and
plan to return to New Zealand in the next two
Police said on Sunday that Langdon had been
charged with taking a child from New Zealand.
He is due to appear in Te Awamutu District
Court next Wednesday.
In an interview with the Milton Ulladulla
Times , posted on Facebook on Thursday, Mr
Langdon detailed the cause behind his un-
planned Trans-Tasman adventure.
“After the rudder broke we got blown around a
bit by the wind and I discovered how to sail with
one rudder which was interesting.
“A bit of weight got put on it and the tiller
broke near the rudder.
“After the boat broke we intended to return to
somewhere safe in New Zealand and I was hop-
ing for some fine weather to effect some repairs
because I had fiberglass and epoxy resin on the
boat but we didn’t get the chance to do that.”
He said the wind kept pushing the boat off-
“ The sailing I was intending to do wasn’t
particularly effective in getting us toward New
Zealand. We were pretty much at the mercy of
the wind and I had limited choices in what angles
I could take.
“It was hard work sometimes just to figure
out what I could do and which was the best way
to head so anywhere safe in Australia was good
after I decided to come here.
“In fact I was impressed with how fast it took
us to get to Australia after I decided it was going
to be the safest and easiest place to come.”
A healthy looking Que, said the trip wasn’t
scary at all and that they’d survived on a diet of
soup, crackers, chocolate and muesli bars.
Mr Langdon said during their journey to
Australia they had a pod of whales follow them
for about 804kms (500 miles) while also encoun-
tering some 10m high waves.
“We weren’t going to starve because you can
live a long time without food – water is the most
“But one of the things you say when you go
to sea is that you hope for the best and plan for
the worst so you make sure you’ve got more than
you need. It might have taken us a bit longer than
expected to get somewhere to let you guys know
we were okay – it was just a question of time.”
Kawhia Community Board Chairman Kit
Jeffries says he was very relieved to hear the pair
had reached Australia alive.
“I was absolutely relieved and very pleased
that they were both found safe and well,” he says.
“It is a curious story and I guess it will all come
out in the wash at some stage, but from our per-
spective, and I think I’m speaking for the entire
community when I say that everyone out here is
very relieved that they are both okay.”
Dad to go to court
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