This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s New Zealand guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip.
Given NZ’s starring role on the world tourism stage, the current bloom in dedicated NZ travel literature isn’t surprising.
Pin this image Bob Moore, a Wellington-based Englishman, traversed every kilometre of State Hwy 1 (NZ’s national drag) then wrote The 1 Thing: A Small Epic Journey Down New Zealand’s Mother Road (2006).
Pin this image If you’re into cycling, pick up Long Cloud Ride by Josie Dew (2007). Dew − a roaming Brit cyclist − chronicles her nine-month, 10,000km NZ journey. Through wind and rain, she gets close to the Kiwi psyche.
Pin this image Liberal-minded travellers who don’t mind the odd tree-hug will love Slipping into Paradise: Why I Live in New Zealand by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (2004), a gushing sonnet to NZ from a relative newcomer to the country.
Pin this image How to Watch a Game of Rugby by Spiro Zavos (2004) is a brilliant insight into the national preoccupation by a respected sports journalist, and will ensure you don’t ask stupid questions when you’re watching the All Blacks at the pub.
More travel literature reading lists for other destinations can be found here.