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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: New Zealand Paperback – March 19, 2012

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"Known… for its four-color maps, photos and illustrations, the [DK] Eyewitness Guides are extremely user-friendly for travelers who want their information delivered in a concise, visual way." – Chicago Tribune

"The best option… Color photos, maps, and diagrams bring the place to life." – The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Product Details

  • Series: Eyewitness Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: DK Eyewitness Travel; Revised edition (March 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756684196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756684198
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Jen Tilly on November 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is basically a summary overview of every region and town in New Zealand, all in color. It is great for giving you an introduction to everything New Zealand, but it falls very short on actual details about anything. Lonely Planet and Rough Guide offer far more details about each particular town/region/area, while the NZFrenzy books offer far more details about outdoor activities. In summary, get this book to get you a little acquainted with NZ and get your planning revved-up, but then get other books to bring with you to New Zealand and help you get the most out of your trip.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By HMS Warspite TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
DK Eyewitness Travel guides can provide a visually rich, information-packed introduction to any destination, and this guide to New Zealand doesn't disappoint. It embellishes a concise travel narrative with lots of color photos, illustrations, maps, graphics, and diagrams.

The guide is arranged in the standard DK format, with an introduction to New Zealand, followed by surveys of the North and South Islands, basic travelers needs, and a survival guide. Key points for planning a visit from the US include the one to two days travel just to get there. New Zealand is a surprising large and diverse country offering habitats ranging from the sub-tropical to the sub-Antarctic, and lots inbetween. There are several substantial cities, including Auckland and Wellington. If travel to Christchurch on the South Island is planned, visitors may wish to check ahead since that area is still recovering from a devastating earthquake. The South Island does offer spectacular mountains and fjords, while North Island has beaches and marine life reserves, and the whole has an interesting mixture of British and Maori culture.

Given the size of New Zealand, visitors would be wise to plan ahead in moving around and between North and South Island. The guide offers recommendations that can enable travelors to prioritize their most favored attractions and activities. The guide includes websites for followup information. "DK Eyewitness Travel Guide New Zealand" is very highly recommended as a planning and touring resource.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jerri on March 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
Interesting book about New Zealand, lots of good information and fun photos. But the type is SO small, I couldn't read it for more than a few minutes at a time or my head would ache. I finally got a good magnifying glass, and then could read it! The magnifier also helped see the details in the photos.

Usually DK Eyewitness books are great, and this has the great content, but it needs to be a LOT larger.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By W. McReynolds on July 1, 2012
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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: New Zealand
Always we look for DK travel books first. Why? The color plates are a great indicator of what we will encounter. Has good road maps to help us determine what to see when we rent a car. We do not use the lodging guide though. That is relegated to the internet. This book has quite a few items about hiking. We found good short hikes. In NZ they call is tramping.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M OBrien on January 18, 2013
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This is about the 10th book by DK Eyewitness that I have purchased. They are filled with so much information
is why I continue to purchase them. I'm going to New Zealand in March and this book has helped me in making
choices on what to see. Tom O'Brien
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nuna on April 22, 2014
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I found this book to have too many color photos and be too heavy to lug around during travels. I much prefer Lonely Plant.
I found the recommendations to be standard, nothing exceptional or off the beaten track.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Connie Nadas on February 11, 2014
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I love the book. Very easy to find out information. I like the map locator with numbers that coordinate with the detailed paragraphs about what is in that area. The street locator maps are great for cities. The cut always of the key buildings in a city are fun to look at. The bright colored pictures make everything more interesting.

I wish the text print was a darker black or a different font. The lighting in hotels is often dim making the guide book hard to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By easytalker49 on February 24, 2013
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This is as good as AAA for local information. Although I rented a GPS for my trip, I needed recommendations for restaurants, sights and motels. It is worth the cost considering the price of the trip.
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