Helen Keller wasn‘t referring to New Zealand when she said “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing” but she might well have been. Blessed with a clean, green, pristine countryside dotted with mountains, rivers and lakes, and surrounded by sea, New Zealand is like a great big adventure theme park.
But there in lies the problem. With so many adventure activities available, it’s kind of hard to know where to start and what to do.
Whether you are looking for adrenalin-fuelled action or soft adventure, The New Zealand Adventure Guide set you on the right track. From abseiling to Zorbing, this guide is like the A to Z guide of all available and conceivable adventure activities in New Zealand.
Each chapter focuses on a specific outdoor activity, be it in the air, on the water, high in the mountains, or even in the city. And for those looking to find out what activities are available in a particular geographical region, there’s a easy to read index at the back of the book.
This is one of those books that you won’t want to hide away in the bookcase.
It might be laid out like a guide or a directory, it’s glossy design and stunning photographs give it coffee table appeal.
Once you’ve done even one of the listed adventures, you’ll be wanting to leave it lying around the living room, centrally placed for visitors to pick up and flick through, giving you the freedom to regal them with stories on how you ‘bungy jumped off that bridge’ or ‘jet boated through that gorge’ or even ‘abseiled through that canyon’.
Which, of course, will only make them want to get out there and experience it for themselves.
(Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary copy of The New Zealand Adventure Guide, New Holland Publishers, to review)