Travel Pictorial - Country or Natural Wonder

Always browse any or all Travel Pictorial books about a country, region or a natural wonder of the world . You will find excellent photography to view at leisure. Check out any bookstore or library ( lending or reference ).

Travel Guide(s) - Country, Region or City

Always glance through any Travel Guide for the region you are planning to visit. You will always find some nugget of useful information. The layout and content will always vary with the publisher. Every traveller should make it a priority to browse one or all of the guides listed below. It will be a great education to browse the layout and view the excellent photography. You decide which of the travel guide(s)  you like the best.


  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide(s)
  • Insight / Discovery Channel Travel Guide(s)
  • Lonely Planet Guide(s)
  • AA Explorer, AA Key or AA Spiral Guide(s)
  • New Zealand. A Practical Guide for Getting Around (e-book) A guide with practical tips and advices for planning your trip and best use of your time and money while travelling in New Zealand.
  • Note: You will find about thirteen ( 13+ ) other publishing companies  travel guides in bookstores.  
  • Green Journeys - A guide to self-drive New Zealand itineraries, holidays and short breaks including small individual luxury accommodations and individually guided activities along the way.See also ibook for the collection available to download in itunes.  

Travel Books - Children

Browse the children's or junior section of your local library for travel and geography guides. You will find a variety of guides to countries, regions or natural wonders of the world. The majority of these guides will be less than fifty pages in length. They will contain an excellent overview of a country etc. They are an excellent introduction to travel for a novice traveller.

Travel DVD or Video Viewing

  • These are a few ideas for finding Travel DVD's in your local area.

  • Local Video Rental Store
  • Local Library - Travel Video or DVD
  • Any large music store will have a range of travel DVD's or  Video's on sale.
  • Travel Video Store has an excellent internet site.
  • BBC Video series website section
  • Pilot Travel Guide series 
  • National  Geographic Travel DVD or Video Series
  • Escorted Tour Companies  DVD or Video's  e.g. Rick Steves' 
  • National Tourist Bureaus MAY have a introduction Video or DVD on offer  or Photo Gallery on their Internet site

Background Reading

To have some understanding of New Zealand culture and how and why things are in New Zealand the following tittles might be of interest:

  • A Good Keen Man Barry Crump. Stories of the back country and the myth about outdoors New Zealanders
  • Pounamu Poumanu Iti Ihimaera. Short stories form a Maori perspective.  Ihimaera also wrote The Whalerider.
  • To the Is-land Janet Frame. Frame is one of New Zealand's great novelists