New Zealand: Lonely Planet
Carolyn Bain, George Dunford & Korina Miller
Lonely Planet, 2006 (2006)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
aving hitchhiked around New Zealand in 1979, and now planning to take a slightly more upscale trip there again in 2009, I was intrigued to see what my usual source of travel guides,
, advises on places to see, to stay, and to eat - and especially welcome its suggested itineraries and not-to-be-missed highlights.
he inside front cover includes a handy
on how to use the book, information on exchange rates and price ranges, conversions, business hours and telephone area codes. A map highlights attractions, followed by summaries - accompanied by enticing photographs - of
Islands & Beaches
City & Cultural Life
Food & Drink
are suggested, from
Top to Bottom
to a more specialized
was delighted to see a writeup on Captain James Cook by Tony Horwitz (author of
) in the
section, as well as one on
, and an informative introduction to
by Errol Hunt. An excellent overview of
New Zealand Outdoors
includes great places for
(hiking), something I very much enjoyed when last there.
ajor sections of the guidebook provide coverage (by region) that includes:
; child-friendly resources;
; and different ways of
. General information at the back of the guidebook includes Maori geographical terms - to help the traveler make sense of Maori place names - and greetings.
remember New Zealand as a friendly and very scenic country that offers a remarkable variety of experience in a relatively small amount of territory, a traveler's Eden. This
Lonely Planet: New Zealand
guide portrays it well, and is an invaluable resource for either a first-time or returning visitor.
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