New Zealand's sweeping vistas have captured the imagination of travelers around the world. Visitors flock here to sample world-class wines, snap up young designers' wares, and tour "Middle-earth." Fodor's New Zealand, in full color, helps visitors make the most of their time, whether they choose to stay on the North or South Island or island-hop through the country. NEW THIS EDITION: Since the Feburary 2011 earthquake the restaurant, hotel, and nightlife scene in Christchurch has adapated and spread to surrounding areas. Fodor's covers all the emerging hotspots in this remarkably resilient city. Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy is bringing legions of fans to the country, and Fodor's helps visitors pick the best tours as well as places to eat and stay around New Zealand's top Tolkein sites. ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Special color features throughout the book illuminate the most distinctive aspects of New Zealand. Features on tramping in New Zealand's many national parks, sailing, birding, wine tours, and Maori art give travelers an unparalleled sense of the country. ESSENTIAL TRIP-PLANNING TOOLS: Top Experiences and Great Itineraries help travelers make the most of their time and navigate one or both of New Zealand's islands. Charts on tour operators and National Parks activities give visitors information on how to plan their outdoor adventures and go on guided excursions. This guide also includes a detailed pullout map with an extensive index of activities. DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's New Zealand offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their visit. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights. ABOUT FODOR’S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.
Born in 1905 and raised in Czechoslovakia, Eugene Fodor joined the U.S. Army’s psychological-warfare branch during World War II. He emerged a decorated war hero, thanks to his leadership in the liberation of Prague and Pilsen.
Multilingual and with extensive travel intelligence, Fodor began working for the CIA during the Cold War. His publishing career began in 1936 when Fodor created the first modern guidebook and many of his guidebook writers were undercover CIA agents. Fodor revolutionized the travel publishing industry, inspiring new generations to explore the world around them. An American, a Hungarian, a world citizen, a CIA agent, a war hero, a New York Times best-selling author, and an entrepreneur—Eugene Fodor was the spy who loved travel.