By far the best guide book I have ever used. We had this and the North Island books with us for a three week trip and had an amazing time, for which Scott should take a good deal of credit. Most of the places we went, particularly in North Island, we barely saw another soul and had the most incredible sights and experiences all to ourselves. Several times we turned up at a little bit of paradise to find only one or two locals curious to find out how we even knew to look for the place, never mind find it. Follow Scott's suggestions and dive in, literally and figuratively, and you will have a fantastic trip.