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Frommer's New Zealand Day by Day (Frommer's Day by Day - Full Size) Paperback – February 21, 2012

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Map your adventure

Plan a trip that suits your interests. Follow ourrecommended itineraries or mix & match to createyour own. Explore a region in depth or hit the highlights. With Frommer's Day by Day guides, the choice is yours.

  • 69 self-guided tours with mapsthat show how to get from place to place
  • Hundreds of photos,plus engaging insights on history and culture
  • Detailed reviews of hotels,restaurants, shopping, and nightlife
  • Full-sized foldout mapof New Zealand in a handy plastic envelope
  • 78 maps and 69 ways to see the sights

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About the Author

Photojournalist Adrienne Rewi's passion for words and writing has taken her throughout Asia and into almost every writing genre and every subject. When not organizing her next overseas trip, taking photographs, or writing her next book, she is based in Christchurch writing for numerous New Zealand and international magazines. She is the author of seven editions of the bestselling travel guide Frommer's New Zealand, and has published three other non-fiction titles and assorted short stories.

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Product Details

  • Series: Frommer's Day by Day - Full Size (Book 118)
  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: *Frommers; 1 edition (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470894571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470894576
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Susan Johnson VINE VOICE on May 4, 2012
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New Zealand is on my bucket list so I was glad to review this book. Frommers is my favorite guide so I thought I had hit the jackpot. For once the book is small enough to carry with you when visiting and the photographs are truly delightful. The book has sections on wine and family travel and lots of day itineraries. There is a LOT of sports information. There are little bits on the film industry but not much on touring those sites.
In fact, if you want information on more than wine and sports, this book is a little lacking. The glow worm caves merited a small box of information but you had to know they're in Waitomo or you can't find them in the glossary. There's very little on the castle in Dunedin but I did discover it had the steepest hill in the world. There is some information on Christchurch after the earthquake which would be helpful.
As far as I know there are no handicapped people in New Zealand and no provisions made for disabled tourists. There's not even a phone number or a web site to contact for information. I found this troubling. In fact, information for people over 50 is quite thin.
But if you are going to New Zealand for sports or wine touring, this is the book for you. If you're looking for more cultural information then I would recommend a different source.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Brown on November 6, 2012
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I bought this book for a recent 3 week vacation trip to New Zealand in October 2012. I travelled with a single bag, so space was a premium. I intended this book to be the only travel book I would take with me. That was a mistake. I've previously gotten the Paris and Amsterdam 'Day by Day' versions and were pleased with those. The difference is, this book attempts to cover an entire country instead of one city. It's ambitious and because of it, some cities have more than enough information and some cities have tiny blurbs. I'll give a list of the cities I visited to give you an idea:

Auckland - Excellent information, well done section
Waitomo - Lacking, I believe it was only a brief mention as a side trip
Rotorua - Alright
Taupo - Decent information but I was only there one day
Wellington - Excellent information
Picton - It was combined with another city, so even less information than others
Kaikoura - Small section
Christchurch - Speaks about the earthquake and provides some things to do

Each section goes through the typical 'One Day', 'Two Day', 'Wine lovers', and 'Fun with Kids' sections. You have to read through all of the categories, even if you don't have kids or enjoy wine, because it often doesn't repeat/suggest all the activities in the beginning. Things like zoos, amusement parks and planetariums are sometimes only mentioned in the kid portion. Then again, the book isn't long, so reading through the entire city information is not a big deal. The information provided for the activities is pretty good as far as pricing, days open/available, and relative location in the city. Each section has a 'Where to Stay', which often listed a few mid-range to high-end hotels. I found it to be lacking. The 'Where to Eat' was unimpressive as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By brian d foy VINE VOICE on November 7, 2012
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I took this guide with me to New Zealand, but didn't find it useful. It had a poor selection of attractions, scant historical information, and very little practical information. Some of the information seems to be dated, or just overly positive about things we should have been warned off. If you're away from the major cities, this book probably isn't going to work out for you.

Instead, I used the Lonely Planet New Zealand (Country Guide) (Country Travel Guide) and the great guides I was able to get for free in the Air New Zealand lounge in Sydney Airport.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Walt VINE VOICE on July 21, 2012
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Frommer's New Zealand day by day is an excellent guidebook for the whole country. Whether you have a few days in Auckland or months to tour the country, this is the best book to carry with you. There is information on NZ history, Maori culture, rugby, NZ wines, etc. The numerous color photos are outstanding, and it has great maps. These include a folding map in its own pouch attached inside the rear cover (rather than a pullout map that's easy to rip while removing and then easy to lose.) This book is up to date, noting that the severe earthquake damage in Christchurch means that everything (for the City Centre, at least) requires verification. The new train routes from TranzScenic are highlighted.
There are some omissions. There is no mention of transport from Auckland airport to the city, only a statement that it takes about 30 minutes. Is there public transportation, or do I have to take a cab? How much is the cab? After reading this book thoroughly, I don't know.
The author provides a caveat that accommodations vary widely in cost and quality, with little correlation between the two. However, the coverage seems spotty. Hard to believe. She does provide information about what sounds like a great reasonably-priced hostel (with private rooms) in the center of Auckland. Two nation-wide apartment rental agencies are also listed.
The dining coverage also leaves something to be desired, at least for me. Each area chapter has a section listing and reviewing restaurants, supplemented by notes of places to eat at near various sites. The latter seem to be chosen for location, rather than food.
For example, in the Auckland Restaurants sections only one fish-and-chips place is listed, where the "champagne-battered snapper" is recommended.
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