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

Gillian Orrell
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21 Oct 2006
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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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Know the Score Books (21 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905449402
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905449408
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,192,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gillian Orrell is someone who makes aspiring writers everywhere envious. She's a natural. Within the first paragraph I was laughing out loud on the tube - not something to be done lightly. --NZInspired magazine

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"Tramping is New Zealand's most popular outdoor activity, no
matter what Australian comedians might say." Kiwi Walks website
When Gillian Orrell abandoned corporate life in London to walk or `tramp'
New Zealand's nine Great Walks, she had little idea of what to expect. But
uncertainty and inexperience soon gave way to the challenges of the tracks
themselves as she embarked on the greatest adventure of her life.
Fighting snowstorms, blisters and the attentions of unwanted tramping
companions, she tramped over mountains, into craters, through rivers, along
beaches, past glaciers, around lakes, between active volcanoes and through
some of the oldest forests in the world.
Never sure whether she would be able to complete all of the tracks, Gillian
determined to enjoy whatever fate had in store. As she tramped she
uncovered local legends, searched for endangered species, got caught in a
flood, hunted goats, marvelled at the earth's antics, met the real
trampers, considered the place of human beings in this land and decided to
change her life.
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 armchair read as well
as an essential source of information for anyone intending to walk in New
Zealand.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By wunjot
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I must admit when I first read the back cover about Gillian Orrell abandoning a corporate life in London to tramp in New Zealand, I did think "Oh no, not another person who's made more money than I'll ever see in my life, bleating about how they are burnt out and now need to find themselves"; but once you're past the slightly school-marmish "Taking Care of Things" chapter it becomes apparant that this is very much not the case.

It's a marvelous description of the walks, the country, its people and someone gradually becoming very comfortable with herself. It's a very honest book.

Having visited South Island myself, I could really identify with the topics she covers, like the sacredness of the land and how you can feel the presence of its spirits or guardians. Like her, I felt the obsession to pick up any litter I saw (not that there is much) because even a single sweet wrapper feels like an eyesore in such a pristine and beautiful land.

The only problem I have with this book is that it will inspire too many other people to try out the walks for themselves! That's the beauty of the New Zealand, it's still somewhere you can walk or drive for a day and not encounter anyone. It's a place where you don't have to listen to people's mp3 players, mobile phone noises and chattering. It's one of the last great beautiful wildernesses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It 12 Feb 2007
Format:Paperback
Excellent, funny and impossible to put down. You'll want to do the Great Walks after reading this, though maybe not in such close succession as the author! Wonderful advert for the glories of New Zealand as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! 15 Dec 2006
By Miss P
Format:Paperback
An excellent record of a very independent journey through some of the most exciting and varied landscapes that New Zealand has to offer. Written in a straight-forward, very readable style - full of humour, but also packed with facts about New Zealand's history, ecology and culture. I found it hard to put down. An inspiring story which makes you want to just get out there and live life! Great photos too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read. 2 July 2008
Format:Paperback
Let me start by saying that this is a great book. The narrative is very readable and enjoyable. The author is likable and her descriptions help put you right in the moment with her.

At times the narrative moves a bit quickly and you feel like she has only brushed the surface of her moments in nature, but the overall journey for the reader is a pleasant one.

On a different note, I find her militant opinions on hikers who collect abandoned snail shells as souvenirs, and her laughable worries on relieving oneself in the woods, a bit ludicrous for a woman who gleefully joins ruffian goat hunters in the scene of their graphic jet-boat hunting party.

Still the information on the beliefs and personalities of the locals, as well as some detailed information on the New Zealand Dept. of Conservation, is enlightening and helpful.

Better than many other books about New Zealand, read this book for some fun introduction and inspiration, but then cast her journey aside and go live one of your own!
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