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New Zealand Travel and Local Guides 2

New Zealand: Aotearoa, photographs by Warren Jacobs, text by Peter Hooper. Published by Kowhai Publishing. ISBN 0-908598-50-5. Recommended retail price $49.95.

New Zealand: Aotearoa is a loving compilation of superb photographs by Warren Jacobs. I suspect that this book was a chance for Warren to get away from the New Zealand stock photo market and indulge his tastes. If so, the results were well worth it. The ten pages of text by Peter Hooper (who sadly passed away shortly after the book was written) are a useful addition. Check out some of the photos by clicking on the thumbnails below. Hard cover, 146 pages, published 1991.


Lindis Pass. Photo by Warren Jacobs (82.19K)

Red Stag roar, Lilybank Station. Photo by Warren Jacobs (56.01K)

New Zealand: a visual celebration photography by Gareth Eyres, text by Graeme Lay. Published by New Holland Publishers. ISBN 1877246220. Recommended retail price $49.95.

The first New Zealanders - Polynesian immigrants from eastern Polynesia - called the land they discovered a thousand years ago Aotearoa, "Land of the Long White Cloud." An early European voyager described it as 'a land uplifted high.' Length, height and cloud are still suitable words to associate with New Zealand, a country whose landscapes are among the most diverse and beautiful on Earth.

This book celebrates that diversity and beauty in a series of outstanding images by Gareth Eyres, which take the reader on a stunning visual journey through both the North and the South Islands, from the Far North and through the central regions of both islands to the Deep South of New Zealand. On the journey there are primeval forests, sheltered harbors, emerald-green pastures, active volcanoes, golden beaches, tranquil sounds, fertile valleys, mighty glaciers, alpine lakes, deep-water fiords, small country towns and bustling, cosmopolitan cities.

The myriad uses to which those landscapes are put in New Zealand are also beautifully depicted here. Sailing on the Waitemata Harbour; farming the Waikato grasslands, trout fishing in Lake Taupo, shooting white water near Queenstown, grape-growing in Marlborough, whale-watching near Kaikoura, cereal-growing on the Canterbury Plains, walking the Milford Track - Gareth Eyres' photographs and Graeme Lay's commentary provide fresh new visions and an enlightened guide to Aotearoa, the Land Uplifted High. Hard cover, 160 pages. Published in 1999.

The New Zealand Bed & Breakfast Book by Moonshine Press. Recommended retail price $17.95.

A companion volume to The Australian Bed & Breakfast Book, The New Zealand Bed & Breakfast Book is even more comprehensive. Moonshine Press have established a reputation for providing quality guides at an excellent price. Some of these entries sound quite tantalizing. Here’s one from Whakatane.

“On the hilltop above the township, Briar Rose and Cottage are nestled in a peaceful cove of native bush where you can relax on the wagon wheel seat and watch and listen to the birdlife. You can also enjoy our beautiful Cottage garden specializing in old-fashioned roses. Annette and David have a vast knowledge of the region which boasts many attractions. Active volcano, White Island, deep sea fishing, boating, diving, dolphin excursions, hunting & fishing, jet boating, white water rafting, golf, Mt Tarawera and waterfall, Ohope beach, sun and surf.”

Makes you want to go there doesn’t it? Soft cover, 782 pages.

New Zealand by Motorhome by David Shore and Patty Campbell. Published by Pelican Publishing Company. ISBN 0-88289-716-0. Recommended retail price $18.95.

New Zealand's lush forests, breathtaking beaches, and endless recreational attractions make traveling by motorhome an ideal way to experience the country. In this informative guide, husband-and-wife team David Shore and Patty Campbell show, step-by-step, how to acquire, maneuver, and enjoy a motorhome when traversing Kiwi-land.

The authors, who have traveled the two islands extensively in motorhome comfort, discuss how and when to go there, what type of vehicle to choose as well as pitfalls to be aware of, and provide a general overview of motorhome travel. They also provide contacts for motorhome outlets and some two hundred motorhome camps

   Helpful hints on daily necessities-such as mailing letters home, placing telephone calls, and exchanging currency-are included, along with expert advice on handling the roads of New Zealand and a suggested first-trip itinerary. The authors also offer recipes for preparing meals on the road using local foods. Photographs, maps, and a comparative listing of various motorhome features make this volume a thorough introduction to seeing New Zealand by motorhome. Soft cover, 201 pages.

  New Zealand Driving Holidays by Donna Blaber.  Published by DeerAce Publishing.  ISBN 097578210X. Recomended retail price $17.95

New Zealand is the perfect destination to tour by car.  Its roads are well formed and uncluttered, its tourist infrastructure world class, and New Zealanders take seriously their commitment to protecting, as well as making accessible, the beauty of their natural environment. 

This book contains 29 New Zealand holiday itineraries and touring maps for the independent traveler.  It is a true “insider’s guide” to New Zealand.  The itineraries enable visitors to see the country at a pace that leaves time to savour the moment, with breakout options highlighting day trips of special interest.  You could also select from different itineraries to create your own pathway through this fascinating land.  Whether yo choose the beaten track or the road less traveled, you will come to agree, that these islands that some four million people call home, are a very special place indeed.

Donna’s most recent achievement was the completion of her first book “New Zealand Driving Holidays” and she has been a finalist in the Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards for the ‘Best Article Written About NZ’ in both 2004 and 2005. A well known NZ travel writer she enjoys writing descriptive features on NZ, with a focus on free and independent travel by road. Her articles include what to do and see en route, and cleverly entwine local history, legends, Maori culture and geography, with up-to-the-minute adventure activities, outdoor pursuits and local lifestyle, plus food and wine.

Donna is a skilled photographer and shoots high-resolution digital images to accompany her written work. Soft cover, 124 pages. Published in 2005.

New Zealand Handbook by Jane King. Published by Moon Travel Handbooks. ISBN 1-56691-165-6. Recommended retail price $18.95.

Moon Travel Handbooks have made a reputation for their accurate, well-designed and illustrated travel guides and New Zealand handbook is no exception. Flicking through any book on New Zealand makes me nostalgic for home. Author Jane King harbors no New Zealand biases, she’s a Canadian living in the United States. New Zealand Handbook has 81 detailed maps and a satisfying number of black and white photographs. Here’s what the LA Times had to say:

New Zealand Handbook covers the gamut of what to see, from volcanoes to snowcapped mountains, rain forests, or sun-drenched beaches. You won’t have to inquire about where to eat or stay or what to see or do with this complete guide.” Soft cover, 512 pages. Published 1999.

New Zealand, Insight Guide. Published by Insight Guides. ISBN 0-88729-481-2. Recommended retail price $22.95

Insight Guide: New Zealand is a wonderful collection of easily accessible essays about New Zealand together with a places run down and travel tips. While Insight Guides do provide you with information about where to go, what to see and where to stay and eat they are more useful at providing a "feel" for the place. I guess that's why they are called "insight" guides. If you are planning on spending a considerable sum in travelling to some exotic Pacific destination then doesn't it make sense to get a bunch of books? An Insight Guide would be my first choice followed by a more regular guide book.

Insight Guide New Zealand is packed with color photos, many of them a class above the normal for this sort of book. Highly recommended. Soft cover, 350 pages. Published in 1998.

New Zealand: Insight Map. Published by Insight Guides. ISBN 0-8416-2136-5. Recommended retail price $7.95.

Insight Fleximaps are produced by state-of-the-art computer technology. The maps highlight major tourist sites and contain motoring information plus a full index.

Informative and easy-to-use with additional text and photographs covering the 10 top essential sights, plus useful addresses, facts about the destination and tips on getting around.

Laminated finish allows you to mark your route using non-permanent marker pen, and wipe it off afterwards. It also ensures that Fleximaps last longer and are easier to fold than conventional maps.

New Zealand, Insight Pocket Guide by Craig Dowling. Published by Insight Guides. ISBN 0-88729-922-9. Recommended retail price $13.95.

Insight Pocket Guide: New Zealand answers the questions you'd ask a friend who lived in New Zealand. Which places are really worth seeing? What excursions shouldn't be missed? Written by a local host, it is based on intimate knowledge of the country.

¨ History and Culture
¨ Tailor-made itineraries
¨ Shopping, eating out and nightlife
¨ A calendar of special events
¨ Essential practical information
¨ Detailed pullout map

Soft cover, 94 pages. Published in 2000.

New Zealand, Let's Go. Published by Let's Go Publications. ISBN 0-312-24685-4. Recommended retail price $18.99.

The Chicago Sun-Times describes these guides as "The budget traveler's bible ... lighthearted, witty, and opinionated."

Let's Go: New Zealand gives comprehensive budget coverage from high-adrenaline adventures to the incomparable Great Walks. The Let's Go guides are up-to-date because there are on-the-road researchers who reassess every listing, every year. Soft cover, 402 pages. Published in 2001.

New Zealand: Lonely Planet Guide by Paul Harding, Carolyn Bain and Neal Bedford. Published by Lonely Planet Publications. ISBN 1740591968. Recommended retail price $24.95.

This guide to New Zealand is typical of the Lonely Planet series. It contains good accurate information. A color flora and fauna section highlights New Zealand’s unusual biota. There are over 120 detailed maps which cover national parks and ski areas. Even New Zealand’s subantarctic islands get a mention. For those who want to understand the locals there is a Maori and Kiwi English section … so forget the pig islanders and come pillocking instead. Soft cover, 720 pages.
Published in 2002.

New Zealand, Maverick Guide to, edited by Susan Buckland and Jane Warwick. published by Pelican Publishing Company. ISBN 1-56554-778-0. Recommended retail price $17.95.

Touted as "the most complete and up-to-date guidebook available on the subject", this fact-filled volume will enable every traveler to get the most out of a visit to New Zealand. Meticulously researched and carefully updated for this edition, this comprehensive guidebook is filled with inside information on attractions, activities, and scenic wonders, as well as intriguing facts concerning the rich culture and history of this beautiful island nation.

The guide includes:
¨ Sightseeing
¨ Wildlife
¨ Transportation
¨ Dining
¨ Guided Tours
¨ Shopping
¨ Accommodations
¨ Entertainment

Soft cover, 360 pages. Published in 2000.

New Zealand, Nelles Guide to by Peter Hinze et al. Published by Nelles Guide. ISBN 3-88618-905-8. Recommended retail price $15.95, our price $15.00.

An alternative to the ubiquitous Lonely Planet Guides but obviously not as comprehensive. But 128 color photos and 21 color maps add to this guide book's appeal.

History and Culture: Well before Captain Cook and white settlers arrived in New Zealand, daring Maori had reached the two islands. Now, a millennium later, the two peoples have become a single nation. Maori culture has, however, has reasserted itself in the last few decades.

Destinations: Nelles Guide New Zealand explores the country's natural sights as well as its many activities: Unspoiled beaches in Northland, active volcanoes on the central plateau, fishing in lake Taupo, hiking through national parks, whale watching off Kaikoura, climbing in the Southern Alps, the magic of Christchurch and the flair of Wellington and Auckland (snigger).

Features: These chapters provide insight on a variety of subjects: The life and times of the Kiwis, the importance of sheep and agriculture, the focus of every day life in New Zealand. Other articles cover topics such as the Maori and sports. There are also detailed descriptions of the most beautiful hikes, such as the Milford Track, Routeburn Track and the Lake Waikaremoana Track.

Travel Information: All important information concerning travel in New Zealand is available at a glance. A guidepost at the end of each chapter gives an overview of hotels, restaurants, trips, tips on worthwhile sights and museums. The guidelines at the end of the book cover such matters as business hours, where to get tourist information and the dates of important festivals. Soft cover, 256 pages. Published in 1998.

New Zealand, This is by David Wall. Published by New Holland Publishers. ISBN 1-85974-089-8. Recommended retail price $39.95.

Another stunning New Holland book. This is New Zealand covers the country in a logical manner. It starts with a profile of New Zealand, examining the land, climate, fauna and flora, people, religions, education, languages, lifestyle, arts, history, government, economy and towns and cities. Then it switches into tour mode and starts at the extreme north (Cape Reinga) and works its way south to Stewart Island. This is not a "knock-yer-socks-off" photo compilation, the photographs have been chosen to show particular places and points rather than for their impact. Think of this as being the coffee table version of The Lonely Planet Guide Book to New Zealand without the places to stay section, but filled with informative pictures. But don't be fooled by all the endless sunshine. It does rain in New Zealand and a few more "mood shots" would have portrayed the country more accurately. Hard cover, 176 pages, published in 1999.

New Zealand’s Top Tracks: A Guide to the Department of Conservation’s Great Walks by Mark Pickering. Recommended retail price $14.95.

This book is a practical guide to the eight walking tracks designated Great Walks by New Zealand’s department of Conservation. Each track is described in detail; how to get there, how long it will take, when is the best time to go and what you will see. Also included is information about side tracks and other activities such as fishing and swimming, which may be incorporated for a more satisfying “great outdoors” experience.

Mark Pickering is one of New Zealand’s foremost tramping authorities. His enthusiasm for the walks described here is infectious, and deciding which walk to do first may well be the hardest part of planning a trip. Soft cover, 139 pages.


On the TransAlpine Trail: A travel guide to State Highway 73 and the Midland Railway (fourth edition) by Geoffrey Churchman. Published by IPL/Transpress. ISBN 0908876165. Recommended retail price $6.95.

Designed for those who travel on the TranzAlpine express through the Southern Alps from Christchurch to Greymouth, and those who do the route by car or bus, this book contains general details and historic facts about each of the localities and features of interest to be seen on both railway and highway, listed in geographical order from Christchurch.
Extra chapters on practicalities and stopovers round out the information, which is accompanied by 18 photos (7 in color) and a map.
Soft cover, 48 pages.

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