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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rough Guide Roughed Up, 18 Aug. 2003
This review is from: The Rough Guide to New Zealand (Rough Guide Travel Guides) (Paperback)
This was the book I used on my travels around Godzone, and this book, to all extents and purposes only. It is thorough and detailed in all areas.The Rough Guide authors say what they think, and if somewhere is a let down, they will say so. It has maps and accommodation lists for almost every town and village (from budget to up-market) which give an accurate descriptions of places to stay. It also has transport details (bus, coach, plane)- making it easy to plan your route before you set off, and know it's viable. Be warned that prices are always on the increase, and add about 5% to all the prices in this book.
New Zealand is a fantastic destination, and one of the most compactly diverse countries in the world, and fast becoming one of the main adventure activity locations in the world. The Rough Guide gives you a huge wealth of information about New Zealand, as well as some in depth history about the country. Its layout is easy to follow, but not very fancy - they don't waste space on prettiness (although the first 20 pages are full colour).
For a good solid guide bursting with useful ideas, maps, trek guides and all other needed information this is the one to go for. It even survived a bungee jump. And a soaking in beer.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best, 1 Feb. 2004
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This review is from: The Rough Guide to New Zealand (Rough Guide Travel Guides) (Paperback)
I've just spent a month travelling around New Zealand in the company of my kiwi girlfriend and three guidebooks: the latest Rough Guide, the latest Footprint guide and ten year old copies of the Mobil Guides to the North and South Islands. Ignore comments about old editions of the Rough Guide; the latest edition of the RG was simply the best overall handbook.
The RG is more comprehensive, better written and more entertaining than the Footprint guide (see, for example, the RG's obsession with t-shirts in Queenstown). The RG has more maps, in greater detail, and with its new format the information is better presented in a more robustly bound volume. By the end of the trip the Footprint stayed in the boot whilst the RG was in the glovebox.
We agreed with most of the observations about different places to visit, in particular which were good and which should be avoided, and the authors have provided comprehensive information about activities and accommodation. The context sections on the history of and writings about NZ are more comprehensive that other guidebooks to NZ I've seen, and there is good information about tramps (walks) and adventure sports as well as the regular info on accommodation, restaurants etc.
Also, it's not the Lonely Planet guide. I'm a great fan of the LP series and they are always my first choice, but in a destination as popular as NZ you will soon find yourself going to the same accommodation and restaurants as everyone else. For example, in one lodge we stayed at in Hokatika a questionnaire showed that ten people had read about it in the LP and just three in the Rough Guide - I expect that's a fair reflection of the number of people using each guidebook. Stay off the LP trail and you'll probably find it easier to obtain accommodation and get a table in a restaurant. Of course that's not a good enough reason to buy a book, just because it's not as popular, but it could make a difference.
Worthy mention should also go to the Mobil guidebooks by Jeremy and Diana Pope - and this may be the best place to do it as they are long out of print. These two guidebooks are designed for those touring the country in a car or campervan, providing a detailed history for each major or minor settlement of interest, as well as sights to look out for on the road in between. Although of no use in finding somewhere to stay or drink, they are invaluable if you're interested in anything from the Maori wars to the formation of the Moeraki boulders.
So, after 5,000km it was clear that our ideal combination of guidebooks is the Rough Guide to New Zealand for all of your travel needs, and (if you can find them) old copies of the Mobil Guides to explain all of the wonderful sights you'll see. Have a great trip - and leave the footprint guide at home!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book full of info, 13 Mar. 2004
This review is from: The Rough Guide to New Zealand (Rough Guide Travel Guides) (Paperback)
The rough guide to New Zealand book makes me even more excited than I already was, now I cant wait to visit.
In the first opening pages you get detailed maps of the whole country, north and south islands, then some amazing pics of NZ. This guide is cram packed full of usefull tips, starting on how to get there, all the way to food and drink, even geting a job.
Each and every part of NZ is described in detail, down to such facts as the population size through to the best places to walk and eat.
Dont expect colourful images all the way through, this guide realy does not need them, you find 12 pages at the beging to wet your apatite.
Overall an absolute must for anyone planning to visit NZ, I have not been yet to prove this but soon will and im sure this guide will be my actual guide. 5 out of 5, great price too.
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