New Boots in New Zealand: Nine Great Walks, Three Islands and One Tramping Virgin

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Know The Score Books, 2006 - Hiking - 311 pages
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After nearly a decade of city living, thirty-something Gillian Orrell left a high-flying city career, travelled to New Zealand and took up the local past-time with the peculiar name. ?Tramping?, she discovered, is a lot like hiking, but with some distinctive local twists.But uncertainty and inexperience soon gave way to the challenge of the walks themselves as she embarked on the greatest adventure of her life. Fighting snowstorms, blisters and the attentions of unwanted tramping companions, she walked in awe through the natural splendour of New Zealand?s great outdoors, trekking over mountains, through rivers, along beaches, past glaciers, into craters, around lakes, beside active volcanoes and through some of the oldest forests in the world. Along the way, she searched for endangered species, uncovered local legends, got caught in a flood, hunted goats, marvelled at the earth?s antics, met the real trampers and learned what a JAFA is. The experience caused Gillian to reconsider her place in this world, reconstruct her life and re-examine her principles.New Boots in New Zealand is a day-by-day account of all nine Great Walks, from the majesty of the famous Milford Track to the unexpected variety of the Heaphy and the beguiling mystery of the Whanganui River Journey. Full of humour and joie de vivre, it is a hugely enjoyable and inspirational armchair read as well as an essential source of information for anyone intending to walk in New Zealand.

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User Review  - atramper - LibraryThing

If you want to do any serious hiking in New Zealand this is a great personal introduction from someone who had never walked before and over a year, hiked most of our beautiful trails Read full review

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User Review  - Ruth Hapeta - Goodreads

Having just completed NZ's 9 great walks earlier this year, I really liked Gillians book & I wished I'd read it before I did all my hikes, some great advice in there that I could have followed. She ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

Gillian Orrell studied modern history at Oxford University before working for nine years as a chartered accountant and management consultant in London. This book is about the end of all of that. Gillian is now a part-time consultant and writer and full-time environmentalist. She currently lives in Hexham, in Englands least densely populated county, where most of the time there are enough good walking tracks and friendly people for her to be able to pretend that she is still in New Zealand.

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