Review of Wild about New Zealand: A Guide to our National Parks – Gus Roxburgh

Posted: June 24, 2017 in nonfiction, Review
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A comprehensive guide to all 15 New Zealand National Parks, with bird’s-eye view maps. Wild About New Zealand: Our National Parks is based on the Natural History New Zealand-produced television series made to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the New Zealand’s first national park.

This comprehensive book with magnificent photographs and lively text, digs deep into what each of New Zealand’s 14 national parks, and the Hauraki Gulf marine park, offers the visitor. The generous sections on each park include an overview essay that covers the park’s history and outstanding natural features, compelling interviews that give the ‘character’ of each park through profiles of people who live work and play in the parks, a helpful ‘visitors’ guide’ of ‘The Five Top Activities’ in the park and what to do if you have one day, 2 u 3 days, or 3u5 days, also fantastic bird’s-eye-view maps that show the key points of the terrain

Mostly written by outdoor adventurer Gus Roxburgh (the TV series appealing presenter) and generously illustrated throughout with outstanding photographs by Jason Hosking, Wild About New Zealand is both an entertaining and useful guide as well as being a stunning celebration of New Zealand’s amazingly diverse national parks.

Published by Random House

Supplied by Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Maree

New Zealand has 14 National Parks and it has been 125 years since the first at Mt Tongariro was established, (beating the USA by 26 years). These areas have been both sanctuaries for wildlife and areas of economic boom for tourism. In this book you get a history of each park, first-hand experience from locals and top tips for a tourist interested in visiting and partaking in the activities available in these areas of great natural beauty. No matter how long you visit for there are activities listed for the a one day visitor or for those who stay longer.

 

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