Here at Highlands, we’re used to first-time visitors shaking their heads in amazement.“ Whoever built this place is either mad or a genius,” is a phrase we’ve heard many times! 

The mad genius behind Highlands is Tony Quinn, a Scottish-Australian-Kiwi entrepreneur who also happens to have a thing for toilets. 

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Highlands opened in 2013 and quickly became the most popular destination in Cromwell for tourists, Highlands Chief Operating Officer Josie Spillane explained, that it put a strain on their toilets.

So, our number one goal when we built LOO WITH A VIEW!, was to improve the toilet facilities for our visitors.  Highlands has grown to be an iconic tourism destination, and the toilets have been created to drive further visitors to the facility – there is a method to our ‘madness’.

“We came up with lots of different ideas about what we could do with the toilets and the LOO WITH A VIEW! floated to the top”

-Tony Quinn

Each of the toilets has one-way glass which gives guests a stunning view of the race-track and has a different theme and is instantly Instagramable.

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The Royal Suite

The ultimate in loo luxury with gold paneling and a sensory experience like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. For those who enjoy a decadent duty.

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Highlands History

For the dedicated motorsport fan. But be warned, it’s not intended as a private box where you can sit and watch a race. There may be an electric shock system or a timed door that opens if you haven’t finished your business in time.

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For the Ladies

Quotes and cartoons to make you smile.

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Male Humour

More jokes than you can shake a stick at.

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A moving look at life’s curlier moments.

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Sound of Music

Take aim in urinals cleverly disguised as musical instruments. We’ve also got a very special presidential urinal that bears an uncanny resemblance to someone that you may or may not recognise.  It is actually Hugh Jass from Tarras.

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As well as the business side to the toilets, they are also promoting a serious call to action with the loo’s also launching Highlands support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.  3,500 Kiwi men each year are diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and sadly 600 of them will tragically lose their lives to this disease.

Early detection is the best protection and Highlands is determined to get that message across loud and clear as well as raise much-needed funds for research and support. In the Loo’s there is a donation box for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

“We are really excited about the potential for these toilets to help us with our call to action for Kiwi men to get the check.  It’s a serious subject, but this is a light hearted way to ensure our message is loud and clear.” Josie Spillane, Highlands CEO

Loo with a View

The opening of Loo with a View!

13th Sep 2021
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