Six best travel readings for summer 2021. Photo / 123rf
Good summer books aren’t just written for lazy afternoons at the beach or rainy days at the bach. In fact, we would say the best summer reads are books that inform or inspire our travels, allowing us to see even familiar destinations in a whole different way.
Whether you’re looking for help planning your next international departure or just looking for new places to venture in Aotearoa, here are six new books for you to check out.
Unexpected New Zealand
By Peter Janssen
New Holland, $ 49.99
Fans of Atlas Obscura, the website covering all the weird and wonderful in the world, will love this 368 page guide to New Zealand’s quirks. Written by Peter Janssen, known for his best-selling hiking guides, Unexpected New Zealand features places, museums and artifacts from 60 locations across the country. But while New Zealand has its fair share of obvious quirks (Dunedin’s Museum of Natural Mysteries, Hokitika’s Sock World, Hamilton’s Riff Raff Statue), Janssen is also exploring unique geological features, historic sites. and even feats of engineering. There are a few things missing in the book (the Big Fresh animatronic veg that now sits on top of the Kaipara Kūmara packing station in Ruawai come to mind), but it’s the depth of Janssen’s approach that makes for an interesting read.
Gone Bush: A Life in the Backcountry and Beyond
By Paul Kilgour
HarperCollins, $ 39.99
You’ve probably heard of “peak baggers” (people who try to reach as many heights as possible), but there is another breed that is very unique to New Zealand: hut baggers. If you fall into this category, know that no matter how many huts you’ve been to, the Takaka Paul Gilmore Tramp has probably beaten you. Since he tied his first bag at the age of 21, he’s been staying in 1,200 of the country’s 1,500 huts – and with Gone Bush, he shares the story of his obsession. This twisty memoir – which includes photos of Kilgour’s adventures, including a 1,550 mile wanderer from Fiordland to Golden Bay – is a quintessentially Kiwi story of the characters, roads and huts that define the hinterland.
A Guide to Visiting New Zealand’s Wineries
and Joëlle Thomson
New Holland, $ 49.99
A love letter to New Zealand’s 731 wineries, this guide is the perfect gift for the oenophile around you. Author Joëlle Thomson is an authority on good gout – she’s been regularly judged at wine shows since 1995, is a wine advisor at Regional Wines & Spirits and has written 10 best-selling wine guides. In addition to listing the country’s must-see wine regions, profiles of some of the country’s top wine producers can be found within the pages of this book. But it’s not just about drinking – she complements her recommendations with walks, tours, and places to eat and stay nearby, making A Guide to Touring NZ Wineries a trip for everyone.
The travel diary: a journey through all the countries of the world
By Malcolm Croft
Lonely Planet Kids, $ 60
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022 garnered a lot of attention when it was released in October 2021. But did you know that the publisher also produces a range of children’s books? Our favorite is The Travel Book, which provides just the right amount of whimsy and travel enthusiasm for little ones who haven’t had a chance to stamp their passport yet. Brightly illustrated with maps and boxes, this book offers small facts about the 198 countries of the world. Designed to capture the imagination, it’ll keep kids quiet in the backseat, but that’s not the only reason adults will love it – flipping through its pages will leave any reader well-equipped to finish the dashboard. during his next quiz night.
The ultimate guide for nomads in New Zealand
By Lisa Jansen
New Holland, $ 39.99
On the first day of December 2017, after giving up her high-paying job and moving into her motorhome, Lisa Jansen officially became a nomad. But that didn’t mean she was fully prepared for what was to come. “I have to admit I was pretty naïve when I first decided to become a nomad,” she writes. Now Jansen has compiled an all-in-one resource to help others avoid making the same mistakes as her. It covers everything from getting started considerations (like if you should sell your house and what kind of rig to buy) and how to make money on the go, to must-see destinations. Its holistic approach makes it a must read for anyone looking to embrace this unconventional, yet rewarding lifestyle.
Best New Zealand Day Walks: Easy Nature Getaways
By Craig McLachlan, Andrew Bain and Peter Dragicevich
Lonely Planet, $ 34.99
Best Day Walks NZ is full of colorful photographs that make it a page turner, but it’s not just an inspiring coffee table book – it’s incredibly useful, too. Each of the 60 suggested day hikes comes with trailhead and access information, POI notes, and a map to use along the way. Since it was produced by Lonely Planet, some of the content is aimed at international visitors (like the explanation of what “tramping” means), but most of the book will require you to put on your hiking boots every day. weekends of the year.