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1. Posted by spike99 (Full Member 25 posts) 12y

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Hi all

I'm just looking for a bit of advice really. I've always bought Lonely Planet books for a guide to a country but there are so many books on the market at the moment and it's difficult to choose one. I've heard Footprints are also good.

Does anybody have an opinion on which book(s) are best for Oz and NZ??




2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 12y

Hi Spike,

I used the Eyewitness guide when I was there, which was exactly what I needed. Lots of simple and practical information and plenty of pictures! Mind, I was staying with someone who lived there so I didn't need a full guide... although I've used Eyewitness for other vacations and found them pretty usefull.

3. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 612 posts) 12y

I used LP's 'East Coast Australia' guide and it was excellent.
I don't use LP automatically though, although I do like them for the fact that they give an opinion rather than just the bare facts.
However, I also like DK (Dorling Kindersley) for their photos and pictorial maps etc. I felt this was more appropriate for New Zealand, and was able to use it to plan our tour around the South Island very well.

4. Posted by scotsman (Respected Member 128 posts) 12y


Take a step back from the guidebooks once you've got all your basics sorted out and have a wee nosey through Bill Brysons "Down Under" to get an idea of some interesting places to visit.

I'm heading to Oz in a few weeks and have got a few places added to my list of places to visit thanks to this book, and some bizarre reasons for visiting too! Read on.....

Happy Travels

5. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 12y

Rough Guide or Lonely Planet anyone? I never know which to choose.

I've gone for the Rough Guide this time. Partly because I got the Rough Guide when I first went to Croatia a couple of years ago and it was really good, and I didn't like the layout of Lonely Planet.

I don't know if there's much in it because some people swear by the Lonely Planet instead. I've got the Rough Guide for OZ but might consider Lonely Planet or another for NZ if anyone has any recommendations?.

When I went to Croatia I also got a Bradt Guide, which was good, and just as thorough as Rough guide or Lonely Planet. They do them for loads of countries but they're not as well known or widely available.

What books do other people use?