Author(s): Peter Janssen
Walking is one of the most popular recreational activities in New Zealand. The 365 short walks presented here mean both locals and overseas visitors will never be at a loss to find a short walk anywhere in the country. All of the walks are three hours or less and will suit those who enjoy walking but do not want a long tramp with heavy boots and a pack, or travellers who are short on time and those with young families. Arranged according to region, and prefaced with a handy map overview, it's easy to see at a glance where the walks can be found in each region. Every walk entry has a brief summary, with notes on track gradient, access, and walking times. A special feature of the book is the engaging writing style of the author, describing history, anecdote, and points of interest along the walk. Two inserts of attractive colour photographs highlight particular places of scenic interest in the three main islands of the country.
Auckland writer Peter Janssen is a keen outdoorsman; he has travelled and photographed extensively throughout New Zealand and is continually adding to a resource of over 500 individual walks. He is the author of Excellent Short Walks in the North Island and Excellent Short Walks in the South Island, Best Short Nature Walks in New Zealand and Exploring Aotearoa published by New Holland. He has recently updated Touring the Natural Wonders of New Zealand with photographs by Andrew Fear, also published by New Holland.