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New Zealand’s Best, by Craig McLachlan

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NEW ZEALAND’S BEST is an ideal travel guide to this pristine country. Written by a pro-author it explores key DESTINATIONS; suggests ITINERARIES; details dozens of SIGHTS and ACTIVITIES; and suggests great spots to EAT. All content (250+ points-of-interest/340+ pics) is original and independent; no recommendations are ads!

First release: August 2021. Latest update: August 2023.

NEW ZEALAND’S BEST starts with essential TRIP-PLANNING information and an overview of key REGIONS and DESTINATIONS to provide perfect orientation.

A hand-crafted ITINERARIES section then offers first-timers a six different, easy-to-follow routes to explore the country. One itinerary focuses mainly on HIKING, another on WINE – two of the countries biggest draws.

There’s much more on these two topics in INTERESTS & ACTIVITIES, the next section of the app. It’s designed to give you the heads-up on various interests, so if you’re travelling with KIDS or looking into WINTER SPORTS then you might just dive straight into the app here.

Other categories here include ART & CULTURE, BEACHES, CYCLING, HISTORY, LORD OF THE RINGS, NATIONAL PARKS and OUTDOOR ADVENTURE – which covers the many odd ball outdoor activities Kiwi’s specialise in, from bungy jumping through rafting to zorbing.

Finally the app details a few good RESTAURANTS, CAFES & PUBS near many key sights and provides an overview of NZ’s budding CRAFT BREWERY scene. There’s also a little on SHOPS & SHOPPING to help you find the best neighbourhoods in NZ’s key cities for souvenir hunting – to round off that perfect trip.

About the Author

A born and bred Kiwi, Craig McLachlan invented his own job title – he’s a ‘freelance anything’ – see Based in Queenstown, NZ about half the year, Craig has been writing guidebooks since the late 1990s for Lonely Planet (over 50 editions). He's also guided many foreign visitors around NZ and is fluent in Japanese.