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NZ Frenzy: New Zealand South Island
NZ Frenzy is a travel guidebook to free outdoor locations on New Zealand's South Island. This guidebook is not meant to replace a Lonely Planet/Frommers/Rough Guide, but rather to compliment them. In NZ Frenzy you'll find info about all the South's must-see spots, plus detailed info about the lesser-known and unheralded off-the-beaten-path wonder spots. This guidebook goes WAY beyond the vague outdoor info in the mainstream travel guidebooks. NZ Frenzy is about giving you the details you'll need to find the "real" NZ, the one without lines of tour buses, the one without brochures of pay-to-see commercialized natural "attractions". NZ Frenzy, unlike any of the other mainstream guidebooks, will deliver you to the New Zealand that you've been planning for and fantasizing about. I guarantee it. Please read the reviews of NZ Frenzy North Island to see what travelers think of my info.
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Are you going to NZ to be a tourist at touristy crowded places or do you want to find the "Real" New Zealand that you'll tell stories about When you have an NZ Frenzy in hand, you'll leave the other guidebooks in the glove box and you'll leave the tourists behind!! The South Island has natural wonders beyond compare, but the mainstream media only promotes the commercialized stuff. Don't waste your precious time while in NZ waiting in line at the tourist visitor centers...get NZ Frenzy and go experience the Real New Zealand, the Fabled New Zealand. You can have the trip of a lifetime, you will have the trip of a lifetime!!
South Island (Slight Return)....Honestly, Scott Cook is the Jimi Hendrix of New Zealand travel. I mean he goes places and does things you would never think of and then inspires you to follow him and share in his joy of the place. If you already have his 1st book on the North Island, you know what I mean. However, this latest book kicks it up a notch and adds some really cool features. Each of the sites he visited has pictures, descriptions, and exact directions. Added to that is an 'Obscur-o-meter' that graphically describes just how far off the tourist track you could go if you wanted. Next he has posted the URL for online video of these sites-so you can see it before you go.
Finally, there is his own Flickr/Blog site with tons of color pictures to dream on. The book ends off with some real solid advise on finding local wildlife. One of my favorite pages was about stargazing, NZ-style. He finds the Southern Cross for you but points out that constellations you know in the US sky are actually upside down and backwards in NZ. Surely a strange situation to contemplate over a nightly beer. Once again, as in Cook's 1st book, this is foremost about natural New Zealand- the countryside. Other books will tell you all you need about the cities of New Zealand, only Cook will tell you Motukiekie Beach is awesome but you better go at low tide.
NZ FRENZY (North Island New Zealand)
NZ Frenzy is a guidebook to NZ's North Island OUTDOOR places. Please read the reviews, as they'll give you better insight than all my author hoopla (and note in the reviews that EVERY single review from someone who has actually had my book in NZ has given it 5 stars!) Please click on the "Look Inside" button and read some entries. I've personally been to every beach, every hot spring...and hiked all the trails. My book is an attempt to save you time and $ in NZ, while delivering you to the island's unheralded but uber-worthy wonder spots that the mainstream books and tourist publicity gloss over. My book is meant to compliment the mainstream guidebooks, NOT replace them, as I feel you should get a LonelyP or RoughG for your NZ trip. My book is vastly different though.
I wrote this guidebook because info about non-commercial stuff is difficult to find in NZ. NZ Frenzy is ALL ABOUT the outdoor spots that don't receive all the tourist publicity. My guide does give you info about the touristy places like Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves, Tongariro Crossing, etc...but mainly my book is about the off-the-beaten-track unpublicized, uncommercialized wonder spots---the places NZ Tourism doesn't tell you about because nobody is making $$ off them. NZ Tourism, Lonely P, etc are great at directing you how to spend $$ and be a "tourist"....my book will get you away from the crowds to places that'll make your jaw drop again and again!! I guarantee it! Even if the North is only one week of your trip, my book will be worth every penny.
When you get to Hot Water Beach or Cape Reinga or Waitomo, etc ...and see disappointing busloads of tourists, you'll be glad to have my book in your hand to give you some other nearby options. Don't waste your precious NZ time. EVERY minute in NZ can be awesome when you have good info at your fingertips! Have the trip of your life!!........Cheers, Scott
A Traveller's History of New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands
A Traveller's History of New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands gives the curious tourist not only a modern-day portrait of New Zealand and the far-flung islands, their political systems, and economic diversity, but also looks at the early settling of this massive area which covers about a fifth of the surface of the earth.
When European navigators first sailed into this region, they were astonished at the exotic shared culture and language of the natives, separated in some cases by terrifying stretches of open ocean. The story of the peopling of the South Pacific Islands and New Zealand is one of the world's great sagas.
The book covers the whole scope of New Zealand's past and present history and allows the reader to make sense of what they see in a way that no other guidebook can.
This book starts very slow (with the geology of the country) and then ramps up as it approaches modern day New Zealand. It covers almost every major event that has been recorded in the country and explains the cultural and social significance on what happened and why it happened that way. I was there for 2 weeks and found myself referring back to what I had read to provide more background to what we were seeing. This book makes you semi-fluent in New Zealand history. MUST READ and definitely worth the money.
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