Welcome to our Travel Popular Topic -- your guide to the depth and breadth of what's on offer on this subject at your library. We've written this page both as a guide to finding travel guides, books and other material at the library and online (especially check out our guidebook catalogue quicksearches below), and also to offer you opportunities for browsing our travel collection online. Enjoy!
Our picks of the latest books
New travel books bookshelf
- New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade - Travel Advice
Information on countries, travel documentation and risks.
- CIA The World Factbook
- Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory
- Trip Advisor
Comprehensive links to articles, guidebooks, travel businesses, plus informative and entertaining user comments.
- Travel Doctor
Provides up-to-date travel and health information.
- Sustainable Tourism
Internet resources on eco-tourism, part of the Global Development Research Center website.
- World clock
What time is it in Minsk?
Online Travel Guides
- Bradt Travel Guides
A solid travel site compromised by the amount of advertising.
- Footprint Handbooks
- Insight Guides
- Let's Go
Featuring the full-text of Let's Go guides to countries and major cities, including walking tours, history, transport to and within cities, and the usual food, shopping and accommodation listings.
- Lonely Planet
A website for the most popular travel guides at WCL, serving the budget conscious and those interested in adventuresome travel.
- Rough Guides
General travel information plus extensive histories and well selected recommended readings under many destinations.
- Time Out
Informative guides "to the world's top 34 cities", with topical articles and up-to-date night-life listings from its London and New York magazines.
General Travel Search
Guidebooks by Series
Guidebooks by Region/Country
Wellington City Libraries have guidebooks for all regions of New Zealand, starting at the Call Number 919.31. Titles include New Zealand Accommodation Guide and the Jasons travel guides. The latest copies are also held at the 2nd Floor Enquiry desk at Central Library.
We have a collection of street and tramping maps for loan. We also have a reference collection of street, topographical, nautical and historical maps of New Zealand.
Pure NZ - The official site of Tourism New Zealand, a great source of information for both visitors and locals.
Guidebooks for Australia are shelved at 919.4.
Discover Australia - Australia's official site for NZ visitors.
Guidebooks for the Pacific are shelved at 919.
Guidebooks for the Africa are shelved at 916.
- African Travel and Tourism Association - Advancing tourism to Africa.
- South Africa.net - the official South African Tourism website.
Guidebooks for Europe are shelved 914-914.9. Guidebooks for Great Britain are shelved at 914.1, London at 914.21, and Paris at 914.436.
- European Travel Commission - With links to all European national tourist offices
- VisitBritain - British Tourist Authority
Guidebooks for the Middle East are shelved from 915.5.
Mideasttravelling.net- Guide to Middle East destinations, just click on a country to see iformation.
North & Central America
Guidebooks for the United States are shelved at 917.3 and Canada at 917.1.
- CBP - Travel - Travel section of the USA's Customs and Border Protection website.
- United States National Park Service - Visit some of the most gorgeous natural and historic places
Guidebooks for South America are shelved in the 918s.
Travel magazines are shelved with the magazine collection in the Art, Music & Literature area on the first floor of Central Library. Travel magazines are also available at Branch libraries and mygateway.info.
Travel DVDs can be found in the Documentary Section of the Audio Visual Collection on the ground floor (to the right of the Issue Desks).
Some great suggested series are:
Downloadable Digital Audiobooks
Now you can listen to travel related books while you're getting on with other things in your life. Check out our Digital Audiobooks. (Use the Advanced search option, and choose Travel as the Subject.)
Atlases are shelved at 912. We have an excellent reference section including the Times Atlas of the World. Reference atlases are found by the end of the Returned Today stand at Central Library, and New Zealand atlases can be found at the enquiry desk.
Wellington City Libraries has a collection of maps for many travel destinations. These can be found behind the Returned Today stand on the Second floor at Central Library.
This page is written and maintained by Jessica Berg. My aim is to keep you informed about the Travel section of the Library and to highlight parts of the collection which may interest you. I'd be pleased to hear from you about this page - you can email me with any feedback.