To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason. These aren't the typical Lonely Planet-type Travel Guide filled with hotels, tours, restaurants, museums, etc etc. I understand that not every guide book is for everyone, that's perfectly fine. If that's not you: read it for fun and just a few ideas and leave it at that. When you get to Hot Water Beach or Cape Reinga or Waitomo, etc.
Below is 2nd stream below the yellow cascades, heading down towards the pole-marked junction with the Round-the-Mountain track. Great guide that reveals wonderful places offsite the beaten path. Honestly can't recommend this book enough! I downloaded it last week for our upcoming trip in North Island. Have the trip of your life!!. It was my bible for the North Island trip. Cook, this book really helped us have a wonderful trip.
I will update in a few months based on how well the books work on the road! This guide book won't tell you where to eat or sleep, or go over any of the popular tourist destinations like Hobbiton. The author is also hilarious and offers really useful tips that you simply won't find anywhere else. If you're going to New Zealand to travel on a guided tour bus, or planning to stay in just one location. For someone without any real hiking experience I'm from the Netherlands, untouched wilderness is hard to come by here , it was quite a shock and to be honest, a bit off-putting. If anyone reading this is thinking of buying the books: go ahead. .
Don't make this your only guidebook - it doesn't have any information on accommodation, dining etc. I can only imagine someone scrambling over rocks, slipping and hitting their head, and no one would ever find them - because it's not a marked track! But if you have the 2nd edition and think the 3rd is an upgrade, think again. Loved the book so much, I am still carrying the book in my backpack after my trip is over. Robert's Point for example, is mentioned without the express warnings that other sources would lead you to believe necessary. But, if like most travelers, you are going to New Zealand to see and explore one of the world's most incredible and varied landscapes. Our only regret is that after three weeks on the North Island there were whole areas of the island that we hadn't made it to, plus the South Island.
Even if the North is only one week of your trip, my book will be worth every penny. Please don't get me wrong, I think these are fantastic and entertaining guides for detailed descriptions of the better tracks. If you're going to New Zealand to travel on a guided tour bus, or planning to stay in just one location. But there will be other trips. I have no idea how many new entries there are in the book. We have used both North and South editions as the main guidebook for our travels.
Perfect for budget-conscious adventurers who are more do-it-yourselfers than tour-takers. He also goes off the beaten path and leads to places that you won't find in other guides. . It may be that the author is way more used to outdoor adventures, with the necessary skills and experience to not be intimidated that easily. I still did some of the touristy stuff The Shire, staying in Auckland etc. Not everyone has the necessary experience to navigate trails like that and the books are quite biased that way.
You don't need another book for the North if you have this one. Honestly, I can't write enough positives about this book. Below is a pic of Lil Squirt Spring, not showing too much to preserve your surprise. But it will help you get off the beaten path by telling you about trails and waterfalls you might not otherwise have found! In other words, if you dislike crowds, and prefer deserted second-rate attractions over crowded first-rate ones, he'll guide you there. Some great ideas, quite entertaining reading. This latest edition has a total of 5 new entries! I haven't been there, so I don't know for sure. We found this book worked best when we got to an area and then planned where we wanted to visit.
Frenzy provides some great tips and things that you just wouldn't know as a visiting tourist. It has a reasoned structure so it is easy to find out all the interesting things on your individual tour and with the lettered photos and the hints to the driving you are able to find the tracking paths and have a good orientation. This helped us in so many places - whether it was just to drive up to a point for a great view of Queenstown , hike through a cave or choose which day hike to do at Mt. He has you follow a poled route and then venture off of it to see some waterfalls. It became a bible for our camper van trip around the North Island, and I can't think of a single occasion when we visited somewhere detailed in the book and the reality disappointed.
That doesn't seem like the best representation of a potentially dangerous hike. The Tongariro hike is of concern to me. Our children 6 and 8 achieved things that we would have otherwise been doubtful that they could do without the use of this book. Rather, it's a companion to your journey that will be responsible for some of your best and most unique memories. I wish we could have done more of what was in this book, but we only had 2 weeks! This is a wonderful book for people more interested in day hikes than history.