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Lonely Planet New Zealand (Travel Guide) Paperback – September 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 16 edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742200176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742200170
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Jen Tilly on December 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
Just got back from our second trip to New Zealand. This trip was far superior to our first because we had figured-out the country and how to plan our travels far better for these last three weeks. We are so excited that we plan to return yet agin. The eye-popping sceneries of New Zealand just don't stop, as well as all the fun outings, tours and adventures too.
Here's the how we planned it better this time (and I'm writing this because we met-up with so, so many travelers who had made the same mistakes we had made our first trip). First off you get this L-Planet in order to have the info on each town and some guidance if you want to go on tours, go to restaurants, all that kind of stuff (you could also buy the previous version and save a few dollars). We also had a DK guidebook that a friend had gifted us, but other than a few color pictures, it wasn't of much use because all the I-Sites in New Zealand offer all the same tourist-oriented full-color brochures and pamphlets. You actually get pretty tired of all the brochures for all the this-and-that adventure tours, jet boat rides, and heli-everything. New Zealand sure knows how to get money out of everyone. We also, before we left the U.S., got the AA touring book (via Amazon), as we had stupidly left behind the map/atlas book that we had bought on our first trip. This was a great book of area maps to have handy at every New Zealand road intersection, as well as it had all out notations from our at-home plannings. The final thing we had was the NZ FRenzy guidebook to the South Island. This book (and its Northern counterpart) are indispensible. This book became our day-to-day bible to have the most fun finding little not-so-known spots that blew our mind with beauty, yet had no other campervans around.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Christy A on February 3, 2013
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The idea seems to make a lot of sense: we were already taking a Kindle, so why not save the weight & get the guidebook on Kindle? Well, we now know why ...

Completely aside from the sense that the Kindle version seems to have less info than the print versions (based on having actually LOOKED at the print version ..), Lonely Planet has managed to get all the DISADVANTAGES of an electronic book & none of the advantages:

1) The maps are less than useless. They're the same ones as in the book - but now, on a display that is much smaller than the print version, so impossible to read. That would be OK if the Kindle version also included larger versions - but it doesn't.

2) No index. I'm pretty sure the print version has one ... And, no, search is not an adequate substitute. Maybe if the search algorithm were good enough - but it's not. Wading through several pages of search results ... sorry, I'd rather have an index.

Save your $ - get the book instead, or wait until Lonely Planet learns how to do an electronic version right.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Libby on April 18, 2014
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As always the Lonely Planet guide provides great information for the main attractions. We used it to call ahead for accommodations and find the sights in cities big and small. However New Zealand's main attraction is it's outdoors and we needed to find another guidebook to provide information on beaches and hikes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jc on October 23, 2012
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Nice organized and enough detail to see good places. NZ Internet and touring companies do provide much more detail than this book so use this to scout then get on line and see what else is out there because there is so much more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By norm Barnard on October 13, 2013
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This is an excellent source of information of all kinds on New Zealand. It is going to take me quite a while to digest it all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OXH on February 24, 2013
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If you're looking for a comprehensive book on where to go and what to do in New Zealand, this is the book for you.
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When purchasing this book, I was looking for as recent a publication as I could find. I also did not want a book that the accommodations were extremely expensive (Frommer's). The.problem with Lonely Planet is that it is written primarily for young backpackers which I am not. The other problem is the color of the headings and location numbers. They are in baby blue. I am planning a trip to NZ for for this fall and I am using my copy of Lonely Planet and the library copy of Frommer's. The Frommer's is dated (2009) but has good general information and more easily read.
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When looking for travel books, I believe they do need to include a lot of photos. Photos capture our attention, and make us say "I want to do that!" or "I want to go there!". I definitely did not have that experience when looking through this book, I probably won't ever look at it again and I haven't even made the trip to New Zealand yet. Pages are filled with small font, hard to even start reading the information. I have definitely ordered better travel guides.
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