By Colin Moore
Paperback / softback, 209 pages
Off the Beaten Track is a tantalising guide to 20 multi-day walks across New Zealand farmland, through forest sanctuaries and along stretches of coastline – from the kauri-fringed bays of Great Barrier Island to the alpine tarns of Southland.
While not all the walks featured here are over private land, what they do have in common is that, in exchange for a modest payment, enthusiastic walkers can tramp or amble through New Zealand’s hills and back country without a heavy pack, with a comfortable bed at the end of the day and fine dining if they wish. Suitable for people of all ages, these walks are proving popular with family groups, work groups and, particulary, baby-boomers who want to get out in the hills but in comfort and with minimal organisation.
Each walk has its own distinctive character, whether it’s coastal views, subalpine high country or rolling tussockland. Well illustrated with evocative photographs, each chapter also includes an informative Bird’s Eye map, an ideal way to view the route and terrain in three dimensions. Off the Beaten Track is a must-have guide to an increasingly popular form of recreation and an attractive souvenir of a great experience.
First published 2009