DK Eyewitness Travel guides can provide a visually rich, information-packed introduction to any destination, and this guide to New Zealand doesn't disappoint. It embellishes a concise travel narrative with lots of color photos, illustrations, maps, graphics, and diagrams.
The guide is arranged in the standard DK format, with an introduction to New Zealand, followed by surveys of the North and South Islands, basic travelers needs, and a survival guide. Key points for planning a visit from the US include the one to two days travel just to get there. New Zealand is a surprising large and diverse country offering habitats ranging from the sub-tropical to the sub-Antarctic, and lots inbetween. There are several substantial cities, including Auckland and Wellington. If travel to Christchurch on the South Island is planned, visitors may wish to check ahead since that area is still recovering from a devastating earthquake. The South Island does offer spectacular mountains and fjords, while North Island has beaches and marine life reserves, and the whole has an interesting mixture of British and Maori culture.
Given the size of New Zealand, visitors would be wise to plan ahead in moving around and between North and South Island. The guide offers recommendations that can enable travelors to prioritize their most favored attractions and activities. The guide includes websites for followup information. "DK Eyewitness Travel Guide New Zealand" is very highly recommended as a planning and touring resource.