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darryl torckler's photo galleriesQueenstown travel guide

Destination Southern Lakes


An unbiased book for people travelling to the southern tourist location of Fiordland and Queenstown. This area is rich in Maori history; was a lucrative gold mining area; and today is the most visited location in New Zealand. The book combines historical information—both fact and mythical—with interesting facts from the area.  It highlights the most interesting activities for kids of all ages. 

There are Maori legends, background information for overseas tourists experiencing New Zealand for the first time and much more.  All of the text, which is written specifically with the younger reader in mind, is supported by fun and colourful pictures.

Use it to prepare for a trip, or to support your next family holiday in this picturesque part of New Zealand.

See also Destination Auckland

Paperback, 60 pages

Recommended Price: NZ$ 17.99

ISBN Number: 9781869485030

Text Box: Published January 2006,
A Raupo Book, Penguin Books New Zealand

The story behind the book

Once we had children, we realised that the information and tourist books for families are very limited. It was almost impossible to find a single source of information that was unbiased—most of what we found was prepared by the companies themselves! Or they paid for ads in other publications. Even in New Zealand's most visited tourist destination.

We took our children and tested all of the adventures we could find. We explored the Maori legends about the forming of the waterways of Fiordland and Southern Lakes district. We learnt about the rich history that includes gold miners, thieves and warriors.

Along the way, we took lots of photos of the scenery and people enjoying this magical holiday location.

Text Box: What reviewers have said.....
An entertaining and imaginative look at one of our most popular tourist destinations from the point of view of the kids. It also has many interesting stories and snippets of information that are likely to appeal to any visitors of whatever age or nationality: the legend of how Lake Wakatipu was created, the story of the grand old TS Earnslaw, or a good summary of the 1860s gold rush….If you heading south the family. It will be a useful resource to have in the glovebox.
Jim Eagles, NZ Herald