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Te Wai Pounamu Revisited

More to discover on New Zealand's southern islands

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Revisiting Te Wai Pounamu (the Maori name for the South Island of New Zealand) begins in the remote south on Stewart Island. Lee Traynor spent two months in New Zealand and recounts his adventures.
Revisiting Te Wai Pounamu (the Maori name for the South Island of New Zealand) begins at the southern end of the South Island with a hike across the remote Stewart Island. A brief sea kayak tour of Paterson Inlet rounds off this first part.

Back on the mainland the journey continues with the Dusky Track in Fiordland National Park. In contrast to the Great Walks of the Milford, Kepler and Routeburn Tracks, the Dusky is spectacularly empty, and tough.

From there the journey proceeds in stages to Nelson on the north end of the island to hike the Heaphy Track (excerpt right), the last of the Great Walks to be walked by the author. In winter a mountain bike tour with gentle slopes, it is reserved for walkers in the summer, and the most spectacular part along the Tasman coast can be undertaken as a day walk. After a short sojourn in Karamea at the end of the world s longest cul-de-sac, the Wangapeka Track provided a return route to Nelson.

Finally the journey takes us to Picton from where a five-day sea kayak tour of the Queen Charlotte Sound was on the program, complete with dolphins, penguins, and wekas.

To a large extent, this is a New Zealand beyond the usual tourist haunts, although in most cases, not that far beyond that they would be unreachable.

Lee Traynor spent a total of two months in New Zealand on these tracks and recounts his adventures on and off the track. In addition to detailed information about travel and accommodation in New Zealand, he presents practical advice on organising these expeditions without necessarily having to rent a vehicle.


18. Januar 2019
von 1 bis 99 Jahren
Lee Traynor
369 g
Größe (L/B/H)
6/210/7 mm

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Lee Traynor

Lee Traynor lectures in Technical English at the Centre for Applied Languages at the Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany. He was born in Melbourne, Australia and studied Biochemistry at Oxford University.

He is an eager skeptic and hopes one day to make a contribution to improving how people learn.


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Von A. Kamphausen am 13.09.2019
Lee Traynor has written a very informative book about his tours on the South Island of New Zealand. We get an exactly description about his hikes. He tells about his days on the journey. You get a very accurate impression of the time he needed for certain routes. There are beautiful photos of the country and its wildlife. You find overview maps and exact information on how far it takes from one place to the next. I think the book is very interesting for everyone who wants to make tours on the South Island. You get a really good impression of how such a trip can be done and where you can stay at night and what life costs on such a trip. I also think it is great that it shows us that you don't have to be 20 years old for such a trip. So it is a really informative book. It can be very helpful when you plan your own trip to New Zealand. I wish I had the book before I traveled to New Zealand.