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Monday, December 05, 2011
DAY WALKS OF NEW ZEALAND
These guides are intended for the Kiwi and the overseas holidaymaker, as well as local residents who are interested in exploring the diverse and excellent walking areas in Nelson and Marlborough as well as Northland and Greater Auckland.
There is information on accessing the start of each day walk, accompanied by a brief description and supplemented with detailed track notes.Each walk has been graded and each entry contains information on access, track conditions and points of interest. These details are accompanied by descriptions of the geography and climate, fascinating notes on the history of Maori and European occupation, and handy maps. Approximate travelling times are provided, although these may vary according to the fitness of the party.
Day Walks of New Zealand: Nelson and Marlborough offers over 130 of the best short excursions through out the region. Within the bounds of Nelson there are three national parks, mountain ranges, bush-wreathed hills, golden beaches, rugged rivers and alluvial plains. The popularity of the sunny climate and diverse geography is evident as Nelson often wins the vote for the top spot to live in New Zealand. Whether you’re ascending the Takaka Hill Walkway, experiencing the wonder that is The Abel Tasman Coastal Track, enjoying the beautiful Farewell Spit Beach Walk or tackling the historic Queen Charlotte Track, this is the guide to have with you.
Day Walks of New Zealand:Northland and Greater Aucklandoffers over 120 rewarding walks and an incredibly wide range of experiences for the casual walker.
The long finger of Northland stretches approximately 350 km from the Auckland isthmus to New Zealand’s final accessible conclusion at CapeReinga. This region provides a magnificent mix of forest, coastal and historical walks, which explore this often remote, primeval and undiscovered landscspe.
Sitting between two magnificent harbours, AucklandCity is spoilt for choice when it comes to walks. The walks in this book take in Auckland’s most notable geographical features, its long and varied coastline and its volcanic origin.
Whether you’re treading the Narrowneck Coastal Walk, taking in the lush surrounds of the Dome Forest Walkway, wandering the coastal splendour of Whananaki or getting off the beaten track on TiritiriMatangiIsland, this is the guide to have with you.
Most people will find walks in this book to suit their style; whether it’s an afternoon adventure with the kids or a full-on day trip into the mountains.