Review of New Zealand’s Great Walks: The Complete Guide – Paul and Shelley Hersey

Posted: September 25, 2018 in nonfiction, Review
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New Zealand’s Great Walks are truly world class. In a country blessed with hundreds of spectacular tracks to choose from, these are considered the best of the best. They pass through some of our most breathtaking landscapes – including golden sand beaches, ancient rainforests and high mountains.

New Zealand’s Great Walks: The Complete Guide is the only handbook anyone will need to experience these outdoor adventures. Each of the walks (and one river journey) is presented in a clear, user-friendly way, including:
– An overview and highlights
– Planning notes
– Track description
– Points of interest
– Other things to do in the area

Also included in the book is:
– A brief history of the Great Walks
– Conservation information
– Notes on how to prepare for your trip
– Useful websites and resources

Authored by expert outdoor enthusiasts Paul and Shelley Hersey and fully illustrated with maps and stunning photography, New Zealand’s Great Walks is the guide no keen adventurer can do without!

New Zealand’s Great Walks: The Complete Guide

Paul and Shelley Hersey

Random House NZ

Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Maree

I wish I had had this when I was a happy tramper many (many) years ago.

Having done some of these I was interested in the advice and descriptions given and that DOC now requires booking of huts and does not allow camping in your own tent, for the most part, along the tracks.

This lists the nine major walks you can do Lake Waikaremoana, Tongariro Northern Circuit, Whanganui River Journey, Abel Tasman Coast Track, Heaphy Track, Routeburn Track, Milford Track, Kepler Track and Rakiura Track.

It also has schematics of the route, notes on huts, highlights to see and experience, how to prepare for your walk, what to expect and some history of the route.

There are maps of the tracks and sumptuous photographs.

There are timings given for the walks but I would have liked to know the criteria for the speed and fitness level.

I was impressed with the Points of Interest and detailed descriptions of what you can see and experience on the tracks. Though I would have expected a little more about the flora and fauna.

For people who are not a member of a Tramping Club there are descriptions and photographs of the type of clothing and equipment that is suitable to take with you on these trips. I would have added the advice to contact a local Tramping Club for advice or to do practice walks with first.

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