New Zealand

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Lonely Planet, 2006 - Travel - 772 pages
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The sun shows up here first for a reason. Come for bracing light or caverns underground, glacial valleys or black volcanic sand. Tour every landscape on earth, all rolled into one country. Dig for pipis on the beach, or sample oysters on a platter. Savour solitude with a view, or city culture. Things are never just black and white in New Zealand.

Stick Out Your Tongue– taste the freshest seafood, world-class wines, or the best lamb roast there is.

Roll Your Eyes– yet another magnificent view of mystical mountains, braided river plains or calming coastlines.

Slap Your Thighs– a good time’s easy to find, from happening Auckland to waterfront Wellington.

Stand Up Proud– and experience Maori culture firsthand: take part in a powhiri, or fill your puku at a hangi.

Run At It Shouting– bungy jump, sea kayak, surf, trek and hit the white water with the best of them.

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What the LP guide lacks in New Zealand is the stuff that you actually go for--the natural places like waterfalls, beaches, mountain trails, free hot springs, etc etc. Lonely Planet doesn't get this. They're treating Nz as if it's Italy or London and concentrating on commercialized attractions, restaurants, hotel, motels and the like. But NZ is so not about that stuff (as it would be in Italy). NZ is about cruising around and enjoying the natural world, for free if possible. But the LP writers don't seem to go to many natural places...they are under such time constraints to get their books done that they have no time to actually walk on a beach, climb a mountain , or bask in a hot spring. And thus, there's none of those cool NZ places in this book, or in the latest edition.
When I was just in New Zealand, I found a new guidebook called NZ Frenzy. It TOTALLY became my travel featured everything I went there for...gorgeous people-free beaches, scenic trails, free caves full of glowworms, not-on-the-map waterfalls, hidden hot springs...real off-the-beaten-path stuff--REALLY. But, sadly, it's not available in the USA. So, you'll probably buy an LP to get you ready to go to NZ, but once there, don't rely on LP or Rough Guide to get you to the neat free natural spots. Find an Nz Frenzy and you'll be glad to have it in addition to your major travel guide. I'll be going back--there's so much to see, and it's all SO cool--I love it there!!

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About the author (2006)

Bain was born in Melbourne, Australia and first visited the Greek Islands as a teenager. For the last few years Lonely Planet has allowed her to trade a Melbourne winter for a European summer.

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