For the serious independent traveller there are really just two good choices of guidebook: The Lonely Planet or the Rough Guide books. I personally prefer the layout of the Lonely Planets, but others prefer the Rough Guides.  Both provide similar excellent level of practical information and historical background. Just make sure you get one of the two..!

Lonely Planet guide to New Zealand
Lonely Planet guide to New Zealand

Rough guide to New Zealand
Rough Guide to New Zealand

Fodor's Exploring New Zealand
Fodor’s Exploring New Zealand


Before leaving for any destination, half the fun is finding out about the place and planning where to go and what to do. In this case, where are the best fishing waters, which flies to use, where to stay and so on.


Maps Fantastic software mapping of NZ. This is what we used during our visit.

Where to stay

Youth Hostels
Destination NZ
Budget Backpacker hotels


Air New Zealand
Pegasus Car Rental
Newman’s Coaches
Auckland busses
Christchurch busses
Intercity busses

Fishing gear -the best place to go. Good selection of flies and knowledgeable staff.


Weather Met Service the ultimate weather site NZoom One Weather good summary NZ Herald Weather includes marine weather

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