#1 bestselling guide to New Zealand*
Lonely Planet New Zealand is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Behold Rotorua's bubbling geysers, hike past aquamarine bays and sparkling glaciers, or try abalone and other Maori favorites while overlooking Auckland's waterfront; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of New Zealand and begin your journey now!
Inside Lonely Planet New Zealand Travel Guide:
- Full-colour maps and images throughout
- Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
- Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
- Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
- Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
- Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including history, environment, Maori customs, arts, music politics, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, wine, and more
- Free, convenient pull-out New Zealand map (included in print version), plus over 75 regional or neighbourhood maps
- Useful features - including Trekking Guide, What's New, and Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar)
- Coverage of Auckland, Bay of Islands, Coromandel Peninsula, Central Plateau, Rotorua, East Coast, Wellington, Marlborough, West Coast, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, Fiordland, Southland, and more
The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet New Zealand, our most comprehensive guide to New Zealand, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.
- Looking for just the highlights of New Zealand? Check out Lonely Planet's Discover New Zealand, a photo-rich guide to the country's most popular attractions.
- Looking for a guide focused on just the North or South islands of New Zealand? Check out Lonely Planet's New Zealand's South Island guide or New Zealand's North Island guide for a comprehensive look at what each of these islands has to offer.
Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Charles Rawlings-Way, Brett Atkinson, Sarah Bennett, Peter Dragicevich, Lee Slater, Professor James Belich, Tony Horwitz, John Huria, Josh Kronfeld, Gareth Shute, Nandor Tanczos, and Vaughan Yarwood.
About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.
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*Bestselling guide to New Zealand. Source: Nielsen Bookscan. Australia, UK and USA, March 2011 to February 2012.
As a likely lad, Charles suffered in shorts through Tasmanian winters and in summer counted the days until he visited his grandparents in Adelaide. With desert-hot days, cool swimming pools, pasties with sauce squirted into the middle and four TV stations, this flat city held paradisiacal status. In teenage years he realised that girls from Adelaide, with their Teutonic cheekbones and fluoridated teeth, were better looking than anywhere else in Australia. These days he lives with a girl from Adelaide in the Adelaide Hills and has developed an unnatural appreciation for Coopers Pale Ale.
Most helpful customer reviews
55 of 56 people found the following review helpful.
Good for the basics, but you need another soure
By Jen Tilly
Just got back from our second trip to New Zealand. This trip was far superior to our first because we had figured-out the country and how to plan our travels far better for these last three weeks. We are so excited that we plan to return yet agin. The eye-popping sceneries of New Zealand just don't stop, as well as all the fun outings, tours and adventures too.
Here's the how we planned it better this time (and I'm writing this because we met-up with so, so many travelers who had made the same mistakes we had made our first trip). First off you get this L-Planet in order to have the info on each town and some guidance if you want to go on tours, go to restaurants, all that kind of stuff (you could also buy the previous version and save a few dollars). We also had a DK guidebook that a friend had gifted us, but other than a few color pictures, it wasn't of much use because all the I-Sites in New Zealand offer all the same tourist-oriented full-color brochures and pamphlets. You actually get pretty tired of all the brochures for all the this-and-that adventure tours, jet boat rides, and heli-everything. New Zealand sure knows how to get money out of everyone. We also, before we left the U.S., got the AA touring book (via Amazon), as we had stupidly left behind the map/atlas book that we had bought on our first trip. This was a great book of area maps to have handy at every New Zealand road intersection, as well as it had all out notations from our at-home plannings. The final thing we had was the NZ FRenzy guidebook to the South Island. This book (and its Northern counterpart) are indispensible. This book became our day-to-day bible to have the most fun finding little not-so-known spots that blew our mind with beauty, yet had no other campervans around. Really, the NZ Frenzy made our trip in more ways than one...BUT, it doesn't cover the basics of travel-needs like L-Planet does. You wouldn't want to go to New Zealand with either only a L-Planet....or just a NZ Frenzy...or a map/atlas book. Get all three/four and then you'll be equipped to plan a far more wonderful trip. We made the mistake on our first trip of thinking that L-Planet was enough. Don't make the same mistake. Get more resources at home and your plan for this amazing country will become much much much better. We can't wait to plan our next New Zealand foray, and maybe we'll see you there.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful.
Save your $ - get the book instead
By Christy A
The idea seems to make a lot of sense: we were already taking a Kindle, so why not save the weight & get the guidebook on Kindle? Well, we now know why ...
Completely aside from the sense that the Kindle version seems to have less info than the print versions (based on having actually LOOKED at the print version ..), Lonely Planet has managed to get all the DISADVANTAGES of an electronic book & none of the advantages:
1) The maps are less than useless. They're the same ones as in the book - but now, on a display that is much smaller than the print version, so impossible to read. That would be OK if the Kindle version also included larger versions - but it doesn't.
2) No index. I'm pretty sure the print version has one ... And, no, search is not an adequate substitute. Maybe if the search algorithm were good enough - but it's not. Wading through several pages of search results ... sorry, I'd rather have an index.
Save your $ - get the book instead, or wait until Lonely Planet learns how to do an electronic version right.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
Great for travelling city to city
As always the Lonely Planet guide provides great information for the main attractions. We used it to call ahead for accommodations and find the sights in cities big and small. However New Zealand's main attraction is it's outdoors and we needed to find another guidebook to provide information on beaches and hikes.