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basic overview, but misleading and not comprehensive enough 6 décembre 2009
Par Hamilton Gillespie - Publié sur
Format: Broché
For a 'cycle New Zealand' book like this to be worthwhile it needs to stand alone (so you don't need to bring other books along - less space, less weight). Unfortunately this book is not comprehensive enough and falls well short of that mark.

The book does describe some of the best routes in NZ and provides descriptions of the scenery to motivate you to go in the first place. It also gives some basic lodging/dining options and descriptions of the cities and towns. There aren't, however, many alternative routing options and the lodging/dining options are too sparse and not easily found from the book as there aren't maps showing their location. The in-town descriptions are not thorough enough to be reliable as a stand alone guide and much of the text is just used to dress up very basic information

Much of the routing seems to be taken directly from Google Maps or a something similar. This cam create problems as many of the roads in New Zealand aren't clearly labeled, so trying to follow non-human directions just gets more confusing. I found some of the road descriptions inaccurate and the elevation profiles inaccurate as well. On some occasions it seemed as though the author hadn't truly ridden on some of the roads as descriptions were way off (take the road from Invercargill to Bluff as an example - no shoulder in some locations and significant truck traffic almost the whole way on a weekday morning.) Further, the suggestion of riding into Dunedin on highway 1 from the south is utter bunk. There isn't really any specific information I found regarding where one might store a bicycle, transport a bicycle, etc. beyond what was in the regular Lonely Planet - though locations of bicycle shops are provided.

I found the "Pedaller's Paradise" series (which are slightly thicker than pamphlet sized but packed with rock solid information) + a Lonely Planet or other guide book is the best bet. If you would like better maps, getting either the local topo or road maps along the way are useful - but I made it around the south island without them and never made a major wrong turn. If you can find internet access, using Google maps to route yourself before you go is a great tool. The Pedaller's Paradise authors have also put out a book based on flip-through road maps, but I haven't seen that.
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Only a fool ... 16 février 2010
Par New Zealander - Publié sur
Format: Broché
... would ride the public roads in New Zealand. They are narrow, often have no shoulders and, worst of all, car drivers simply don't give a damn.

My advice (as a long-time, long distance worldwide touring bicyclist who has [foolishly] ridden everywhere in New Zealand): kit out your mountain bike for touring and ride some of the thousands of miles of unpaved farm, park and forestry roads. Take public transport (buses) between locations. Of course you won't be able to ride genuine single-track or bushwhack with panniers nevertheless you can have a great trip never having to worry about that car coming from behind.

(I have no comment to make about this Lonely Planet title.)

PS. No complaints about the helmet law, please. It's the price you pay for having *free* accident coverage if you happen to cracka you coconut. Without asking any questions they cart you off to the hospital and give you whatever you require, whether it's a band-aid or brane surgery.

PPS. Bring your lowest cog set. We do hills here; rarely long but always, always steep.

PPPS. There is no safe way to cycle through Auckland, and getting to or from the airport is a nightmare. Even weekends are bad. Nevertheless, it is possible to bypass the worst of the city traffic: do a Google search for "Manukau Harbour water taxi", email/phone the proprietors and arrange the water taxi between Clarks Beach (southwest of the city, nevertheless an impossible ride from the airport) and West Auckland. A road map will then direct you toward State Highway 16 to the north. Vice versa if you are heading south. It ain't cheap but you will still be alive.
Review redux (August 2011): I now see the water taxi has gone down the gurgler (the business, not the boat.) You're on your bloody own, mate, and good luck to you. They're working on a bike corridor through Auckland but it's slow going; from time to time you get pitched into dense traffic; no fun.
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Organization not intuitive, better books available 1 mars 2012
Par Cordes C. Towles - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
As a frequent traveler and user of loney planet guides, I decided to go with the LP cycle NZ book when planning my cycle trip. Generally I find LP publications to be quite easy to understand and follow and their organization is quite understandable. I did not find this to be the case for this book. From the beginning, I found the book hard to understand with routes a bit difficult to follow, especially if you make your own itinerary. After a few hours of frustration, I gave up and purchased a NZ cycling publication called "Peddlars Paradise" for the south island. (there is a north island version available too.) this book is much easier to follow and great for those really interested in the cycling aspects of the trip. I also added the loney planet NZ PDF files for the area I was cycling through ( I carried my iPad on the trip) for all the background information and found this more than sufficient. NZ really is a Peddlars paradise and I wish the LP could do a better job organizing the book to make it more intuitive. BTW, everyone I met touring over my three week trip carried the PP book and all cycle shops I went to knew the author first hand.
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Baffling 13 octobre 2012
Par Dave - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
There's probably a lot of good information in here, but it's all mixed up, not organized well for either reference nor cover-to-cover reading. The master map on the inside flap refers to pages that, unless I'm missing a second volume, don't exist in this book. Regretfully, I'm finding "Cycling New Zealand" unusable. I encourage the author and editor to revise this book and rearrange the information into a logical format.
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Just as bad as the previous edition - Get Pedaller's Paradise instead 4 mai 2013
Par Bryce Skymann - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I reviewed the previous edition several years ago. It sucked. This edition is a near reproduction; they didn't fix a thing! Specifically, the ride profiles (that show hills on the route) are extremely oversimplified, misleading to the point of being unsafe.

As before, I highly recommend The Pedaller's Paradise. The PP book is no longer available on Amazon. There are only a few places in NZ where you can find it, most notably Natural High Adventures (near the Christchurch airport). A google search will claim the PP is available at various other shops, but I found the hard way this is untrue. In any case, the PP (South Island) costs about 12NZD and is *the* book to have on tour. Forget everything else, especially LP.
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