Places we Swim book cover

Summer adventures: New travel books

Road trips, wine trails, waterfalls and more make up this list of the latest travel books. From books on New Zealand and what you can do in our backyard to going across the oceans to the most exotic destination, there is no shortage of ideas to inspire your next adventure. 2019 plans perhaps?

Wild journeys : New Zealand’s famous & infamous, historic & off-the-beaten-path journeys, tracks, routes & passages / Ansley, Bruce
“Discover a world of wild, mysterious and audacious journeys. In Wild Journeys, Bruce Ansley retraces the path of the doomed surveyor John Whitcombe across the Southern Alps, follows the raiding party of the northern chief Te Puoho along the West Coast, sails around New Zealand’s northern and southern capes; walks through the Valley under the Two Thumb Range to the mythical Mesopotamia; drives from Waiheke to Wanaka (in a hurry), sets off on a hunt for the South Island’s Grey Ghost, looks deep into the heart of volcanic New Zealand and tracks our most unlikely hero, the prison escaper George Wilder.” (Catalogue)

Destinations
“For the first time, Gourmet Traveller has compiled a collection of its most dazzling travel photography. Visit some of the world’s most beautiful & exotic places through the lenses of the world’s finest photographers. The book traverses the globe making stops along the banks of the Yangzi River, on the streets of Cuba and at the grand turquoise minarets of Uzbekistan. Immerse yourself in the architecture, the food and the culture of the places you’ve been to and the ones you long to visit. A visual feast on every page.” (Catalogue)

The bucket list wild : 1000 adventures big and small : animals, birds, fish, nature / Stathers, Kath
“The Bucket List: Wild is a collection of 1,000 incredIble encounters with the natural world, to be experienced across every continent, from whale watching in the Pacific to snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, and feeding pandas in China to riding with wild horses in France. Alongside the beautiful photographs there is helpful information on how you can support conservation efforts, and advice on how to behave around wild animals. The most complete life list yet to the world’s best places to see wildlife-both on and off the beaten path.” (Catalogue)

Wine trails, Australia & New Zealand : plan 40 perfect weekends in wine country / Campbell, Bob
“Following the success of Wine Trails, we now bring you 40 perfect weekends in Australia and New Zealand wine country, introducing vineyards in regions including the Clare Valley, Margaret River, Hawkes Bay, Tamar Valley and Marlborough, as well as celebrating secret gems off the beaten path.” (Catalogue)

Wine trails, USA & Canada / Hausman, Ashley
“Following the success of Wine Trails, we now bring you 40 perfect weekends in North American wine country, introducing vineyards in regions including Sonoma, Walla Walla, Finger Lakes, Texas Hill Country and Okanagan, as well as celebrating secret gems off the beaten path.” (Catalogue)

Let’s get lost : great New Zealand road trips / McCloy, Nicola
Let’s Get Lost is a guide to the real New Zealand that few of us get a chance to explore. In its pages, you’ll pass through the sausage capital of New Zealand, take a dip in a secret lake, visit a village entirely populated by guinea pigs, share a yarn with many a local good bugger – and so much more.” (Catalogue)

A geek in Indonesia : discover the land of Komodo dragons, Balinese healers and dangdut music / Hannigan, Tim
“For anyone wanting to get beyond tired travel guide cliches, A   Geek in Indonesia is a hip, irreverent and streetwise introduction to Southeast Asia’s biggest country. Packed with lively articles on everything from office and cafe culture to food, dating rituals and TV soap operas, this Indonesian travel guide is a delightful read for backpackers, first-time visitors, newly-arrived expats, long-time Indonesiaphiles–and anyone else seeking fresh insight into a culture and a country that is now an emerging economic powerhouse and one of the world’s most captivating travel destinations” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Places we swim : exploring Australia’s best beaches, pools, waterfalls, lakes, hot springs and gorges / Seitchik-Reardon, Dillon
“From lap pools to ocean pools, rockpools to hot springs, Places We Swim covers the breadth of Australia, bringing you the 60 best places to swim, dive, jump, paddle and float around the country. You’ll discover just what makes each swimming spot unique, learn the best time to go, gain some useful local knowledge and find out the best things to see and do in the area. With destinations ranging from the neighbourhood pool to remote outback waterfalls, this book is a celebration of not just these magnificent swimming spots, but of the diverse landscapes and communities that make up Australia.” (Catalogue)