As well as the NZ Navy, ceremonial waka (war canoes) gather in the harbour every year (6th February) to commemorate the 1840 signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. (NZ’s founding document betweem the Crown and Maori tribes) These waka are often from many parts of New Zealand and the men who carve them are well-respected.
For a chance to learn to paddle one of these canoes (in the Bay of Islands, Northland) contact Hone Mihaka of Taiamai Heritage Journeys
guide books, whether in print or on e-readers are essential to most travellers – this is just a corner of my bookshelves
One of the biggest sellers of such books are Lonely Planet, and two new books I have from them to road test are from a series of great cities
In May 2012, Lonely Planet launched its new Pocket Guides series – they cover some of the world’s most popular cities: I am road testing the Prague book next month.
AND I am offering the Pocket Barcelona one as a free gift to the lucky reader who signs up for my blog before I leave New Zealand for Europe in 10 days – or the person, already on my blogs mail list, who leaves the best comment on this page
Highlighting each city’s top sights along with the best local experiences, Lonely Planet’s Pocket Guides are perfect for a quick city break or a business trip.
Pocket Barcelona “Barcelona could just be the coolest city on earth.”
Pocket Berlin “Berlin is a bon vivant, passionately feasting on the smorgasbord of life.”
Pocket London “London has something for everyone, from art to grand museums, dazzling architecture, royalty, diversity, glorious parks and irrepressible pizazz.”
Pocket Los Angeles “LA runs deeper than her blonde beaches and celebrified hills would have you believe.“
Pocket Paris “The world’s most romanticised city … has a way of seducing you every moment of the year.”
Pocket Prague “Thrills visitors with dramatic Gothic architecture, cool cubist design, down-to-earth pubs, ornate cafes, cutting-edge art and the grand Prague Castle.” (NOTE: I’m happy to have the pull-out map that’s included in each guide and know I’ll use it for my 3 days in this beautiful city –my first time there for about 12 years”)
Pocket San Francisco “Fisherman’s Wharf sea lions and Telegraph Hill parrots agree: this town is totally wild.”
The Lonely Planet Pocket Guides feature:
* Fast access to the information travellers need, so they don’t waste any time on their short trip.
* Comprehensive coverage of the city’s ‘must-sees’.
* Guides to areas that the locals really love, so travellers can get to the heart of the city.
* Lonely Planet’s trademark great mapping – updated and improved for easier navigation.
* On-the-ground research, each and every edition.