App Description

NEW ZEALAND’S BEST is an ideal travel guide to this pristine country. Written by a pro-author it explores key DESTINATIONS; suggests ITINERARIES; details dozens of SIGHTS and ACTIVITIES; and suggests great spots to EAT. All content (250+ points-of-interest/340+ pics) is original and independent; no recommendations are ads!


*** Published by independent travel guides for the digital age. Our Touch, Your Travels. ***


NEW ZEALAND’S BEST starts with essential TRIP-PLANNING information and an overview of key REGIONS and DESTINATIONS so you can decide where to stay.

A hand-crafted ITINERARIES section then offers first-timers a six different easy-to-follow routes to explore the country. One of the itineraries focuses mainly on HIKING, another on WINE - two of the countries biggest attractions.

There’s much more on these two in the INTERESTS & ACTIVITIES, the next section of the app, that’s designed to give you the heads-up based on your interests. If you’re travelling with KIDS or heading to NZ for WINTER SPORTS then you might just dive straight into the app here. Other categories here include ART & CULTURE, BEACHES, CYCLING, HISTORY, LORD OF THE RINGS, NATIONAL PARKS and OUTDOOR ADVENTURE – which covers the many odd ball outdoor activities Kiwi’s specialise in, from bungy jumping through rafting to zorbing.

Finally the app details a few good RESTAURANTS, CAFES & PUBS near many key sights and a good overview of NZ’s budding CRAFT BREWERY scene. There’s also a little on SHOPS & SHOPPING to help you find the best neighbourhoods in NZ’s key cities for souvenir hunting.


Key before-you-go information, including:
• Accommodation
• Heath
• Local Info
• Money & Costs
• Information & Maps
• Seasons, Festivals & Events
• Transport

Meet the key cities & regions:
• North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui):– Auckland & Around; Hawkes Bay & East Coast; Northland & Bay of Islands; Rotorua & the Bay of Plenty; Taranaki, Whanganui & Manawatu; Lake Taupo & the Volcanoes; Waikato & Coromandel; Wellington & Around
• South Island (Te Waipounamu):– Christchurch & Canterbury; Dunedin & Otago; Fiordland, Southland & Stewart Island; Marlborough & Nelson; Queenstown & Southern Lakes; West Coast

Easy-to-follow tours:
• Auckland In-A-Day
• Exploring the North
• Glenorchy & Paradise Day Trip
• Dayhikers' South Island Itinerary
• Length of NZ Classic
• North Island Loop
• South Island Loop
• Wine Lovers' Itinerary
• Lord of the Rings Tours

Backgrounders and practical advice on:
• Art & Culture
• Beaches
• Cycling & Mountain Biking
• Hiking & Walking
• History
• Kids & Families
• Lord of the Rings & Hobbit
• National Parks
• Outdoor Adventure
• Golf, Tennis, Squash & Badminton
• Wildlife
• Wineries
• Winter Sports

Where best to eat, drink, shop and more:
• Breweries, Cideries & Distilleries
• Cafés & Pubs
• Restaurants
• Shops & Shopping
• Spectator Sports
• Wineries

• One-click website LINKS.
• One-click PHONE CALLS (on phones).
• NAVIGATE quickly using the app's global search; internal hyperlinks, and its many images.
• LOCATION info (using your device's GPS).
• Detailed MAPS and the ability to ADD YOUR OWN markers.
• Save and share FAVOURITES.
• Easily CONTACT the author.


• AUTHOR: A born and bred Kiwi, Craig McLachlan invented his own job title – he’s a ‘freelance anything’. Based in Queenstown, NZ about half the year, Craig has been writing guidebooks since the late 1990s for Lonely Planet. He's also guided many foreign visitors around NZ and is fluent in Japanese.
• ICON: Karl Anderson @Unsplash


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App Changes

  • August 13, 2021 Initial release
  • August 13, 2021 Price decrease: $3.99 -> FREE!
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