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Craig McLachlan


Craig has covered destinations all over the globe for Lonely Planet for two decades. Based in Queenstown, New Zealand for half the year, he runs an outdoor activities company and a sake brewery, then moonlights overseas for the other half, leading tours and writing for Lonely Planet. Craig has completed a number of adventures in Japan and his books are available on Amazon. Describing himself as a ‘freelance anything’, Craig has an MBA from the University of Hawai'i and is also a Japanese interpreter, pilot, photographer, hiking guide, tour leader, karate instructor and budding novelist. Check out www.craigmclachlan.com

Craig has undertaken and written books (all available on Amazon) about the following adventures in Japan:

  • Walked the 3200km length of Japan in 99 days
  • Hiked around the 1400km 88 Sacred Temples of Shikoku Pilgrimage
  • Set the record for climbing Japan’s 100 Famous Mountains (Hyakumeizan) in 78 days
  • Walked across Japan climbing all 21 of its 3000m peaks on the way
  • Rounded the Saigoku 33 Kannon Temples Pilgrimage.

Craig has co-written guidebooks on destinations all over the globe for Lonely Planet, including -

  • both editions of Hiking in Japan and multiple editions of the Japan guidebook
  • Greece and Greek Islands guidebooks
  • Honolulu, Waikiki & O'ahu and Pocket Honolulu guidebooks
  • Tonga and New Caledonia for South Pacific guidebooks
  • Europe on a Shoestring and Western Europe
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden
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