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New Zealand South Island NZ Frenzy
NZ Frenzy is a travel guidebook to free outdoor locations on New Zealand's South Island. This guidebook is not meant to replace a Lonely Planet/Frommers/Rough Guide, but rather to compliment them. In NZ Frenzy you'll find info about all the South's must-see spots, plus detailed info about the lesser-known and unheralded off-the-beaten-path wonder spots.
This guidebook goes WAY beyond the vague outdoor info in the mainstream travel guidebooks. NZ Frenzy is about giving you the details you'll need to find the "real" NZ, the one without lines of tour buses, the one without brochures of pay-to-see commercialized natural "attractions". NZ Frenzy, unlike any of the other mainstream guidebooks, will deliver you to the New Zealand that you've been planning for and fantasizing about. I guarantee it. Please read the reviews of NZ Frenzy North Island to see what travelers think of my info. Are you going to NZ to be a tourist at touristy crowded places or do you want to find the "Real" New Zealand that you'll tell stories about?? When you have an NZ Frenzy in hand, you'll leave the other guidebooks in the glove box and you'll leave the tourists behind!! The South Island has natural wonders beyond compare, but the mainstream media only promotes the commercialized stuff. Don't waste your precious time while in NZ waiting in line at the tourist visitor centers...get NZ Frenzy and go experience the Real New Zealand, the Fabled New Zealand. You can have the trip of a lifetime, you will have the trip of a lifetime!!
Built our entire trip around this book - never wanted to do a review before this one
By Jan Cares
- September 28, 2011
My college age daughter and I just spent 2 weeks in the south island, at the end of their winter season. I had already gotten her the North Island book and was amazed by everything in it. So I bought the South Island book and spent weeks pouring over every page, the website, the pic's etc. I then mapped out his most recommended places and we set out on our journey. We hit the West Coast, including Pancake Rocks, Motekeiki Beach Walk, Franz Joseph Glacier and the unreal teal waters of Hokitaki Gorge. Then over Haast Pass and into Wanaka and Queenstown. Then the Routburne Track, Milford, Curio Bay, Mt. Cook, Lake Tekapo, Kaikora and up to the Queen Charlotte Track before catching the Ferry back to Wellington. Only Scott tells you how important the tides are at Pancake and Motekeiki (awesome seastacks), how you can see rare penguins (for free) at Curio, how cool the windswept South Coast is, how rainy it will be on the West Coast and how to prepare for sandflies, what the best trails... read more
Why Limit It To 5 Stars?
By A Thoughtful Consumer
- December 5, 2010
South Island (Slight Return)....Honestly, Scott Cook is the Jimi Hendrix of New Zealand travel. I mean he goes places and does things you would never think of and then inspires you to follow him and share in his joy of the place. If you already have his 1st book on the North Island, you know what I mean. However, this latest book kicks it up a notch and adds some really cool features. Each of the sites he visited has pictures, descriptions, and exact directions. Added to that is an 'Obscur-o-meter' that graphically describes just how far off the tourist track you could go if you wanted. Next he has posted the URL for online video of these sites-so you can see it before you go. Finally, there is his own Flickr/Blog site with tons of color pictures to dream on. The book ends off with some real solid advise on finding local wildlife. One of my favorite pages was about stargazing, NZ-style. He finds the Southern Cross for you but points out that constellations you know in the US sky are... read more
A Knockout Resource
By Jihi Bustamante
- April 6, 2012
My wife and I just finished a 3 week trip around the South Island of New Zealand with Scott Cook's book close at hand the entire time. While we also had Lonely Planet and a handful of NZ tourism brochures near by, it was NZ Frenzy that we found ourselves continuously referencing. The books detailed walks, detailed driving directions and accurate description of what to expect along the way helped us get the most out of our trip. As an example, the Lonely Planet put a two-line plug in for a Seal Colony near Kaikoura on the East Coast of the island. Their description was that you could see seals there and snap some good photos before moving on to Kaikoura for some big ticket wildlife tours. NZ Frenzy eclipsed Lonely Planet's two-line description with a 3 page entry, not only telling the best way to get to the colony, but also highlighting a little-known hike only a kilometer away that allowed you access to a favorite playground for the seal colony's baby seals. When my wife and I... read more
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