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Lonely Planet Tramping in New Zealand 6th Ed.: 50 Great Tramps, 6th Edition [Paperback]

Jim DuFresne
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Nov. 15 2006 Lonely Planet Tramping in New Zealand
Make tracks across the spectacular range of New Zealand landscapes. The deep valleys of Fiordland and Mt Aspiring beckon, the Marlborough Sounds call, the volcanoes of Tongariro are steaming. Explore on foot the natural wonders of this country from coast to Cook. In This Guide: Foreword by New Zealand adventurer Peter Hillary. 53 detailed trail descriptions for trampers of all levels. Color section on the Great Walks of New Zealand. Two-color contour maps for all featured tramps. Essential accommodation and transport information. Expert advice on equipment, health and environmentally responsible walking.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of info no ideas Jan. 19 2012
Format:Paperback
The authors of these type of guide books, should, even if at gun point. provide some kind of rating to the tramps. Travelers generaly only have a finite amount of time. a top 10 - 20 tramps would be helpful. the people that purcase the guide should be primary in the editors choice of content. There is plenty of information on the net. I purchace these products to add value to my vacation experance.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Limited day hiking info; good for multi-day treks Jan. 9 2010
By W. H. Ashbury - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you are going to New Zealand to hike the multi-day tracks called the Great Walks, this is a pretty good guide to them, but is somewhat dated (over 4 years old). What really surprised us on our recent trip is that for the most part you can't do a day hike on many of the famous Great Walks such as Milford, Kepler, or Heaphy. The trails are designed to be one-way multi-day hike trails with a designated start and end spot for backpackers who want to camp or stay in the huts.

There are a couple of locally written hiking books that have good information on 2-8 hour day hikes in New Zealand that let you sample some of the Great Walks that are not one-way routes. One of the most useful is "Day Walks in New Zealand" by Shaun Barnett. It has 100 day treks on both the north and south island with some amazing two dimensional maps and beautiful photos. We used the book on a two week trip to the South Island and found some wonderful hikes from the book in the Milford Sound area that let you stay at nice hotels and lodges and still experience the back country and beauty of New Zealand. For example, the book highlights the hike to Lake Marian near the Hollyford Track and the day hike to Key Summit which is part of the Routeburn Track. It also has wonderful short hikes in Abel Tasman National Park using the water taxi services, several hikes in Mt Cook National Park, and multiple tramps in Mount Aspiring Park as well. The book is produced in New Zealand but is listed on Amazon so you should be able to buy it before you leave.

Another great resource for shorter hikes is the New Zealand Department of Conservation website: [...] It has a lot of useful planning information to supplement any books you purchase on Amazon to help in your trip planning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book for hiking around New Zealand! May 11 2010
By L. Mills - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the book to have when planning your hikes around New Zealand! It is the easiest way to find out about hikes in an area without having to go to the local DOC (Department of Conservation) office. It gives information on the hike itself, procedures for booking Great Walks, transportation to and from the hike, and places to sleep and eat. Local DOC offices will have additional information on hikes, however, if you are already in the area, and it's important to find out if the huts you want to stay on will be functioning! This book does not have as much accommodation or eating places detail as the larger general Lonely Planet New Zealand book.

Highly recommended!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with all the basic info you need May 12 2007
By Majid Boroujerdi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The book had all the basic info. you need for hiking in New Zealand. It's easy to read with a couple of nice pictures. Enjoy!
5.0 out of 5 stars Focus on New Zealand hikes Nov. 20 2012
By pat - Published on Amazon.com
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It is great to have a book that focuses on New Zealand hiking. We are planning a trip that will be primarily hiking.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide- Concise but full of content Feb. 6 2012
By J. P. Washabaugh - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this guide as I am planning to do some tramping in New Zealand soon. This book has good summaries and overviews that make it easy to find a tramp that suits your needs. It also includes detailed descriptions of the routes and daily itineraries for each of the tramps. The maps provide a good overview of terrain and features too. This is one of the better books I've found to help plan a trip; of course, once you select a route to hike, you will probably want a more detailed map and/or trail guide to take along with you.
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