By Shaun Barnett
This is a book to make you itchy.
Itchy to get up from your armchair, pull on your boots, and set out for a good walk.
Good walks is what this attractively-produced book is all about. There are 100 of them described – evenly distributed around the country. Fifty in each island North and South (South including Stewart Island).
Most have a 2-page spread, a few one only, each containing a map, description and coloured photos of excellent quality chosen to appeal to anyone with any degree of love for the outdoors.
As will most people, I expect, I immediately check out the entries for several of my favourite walks. On the basis of my experience I find them accurate, and informative in that I learn a few more facts – about the area and track’s history, tree and bird life.
I’m reminded of others all but forgotten over the passing years that I tell myself I must revisit, and am enticed by descriptions of great-sounding walks new to me that should be put on a must-do list.
This is not a small-format spiral-bound resource to be tucked into a backpack and referred to along the trail. With its larger-format it is designed to be more of a coffee-table book and it would make a good gift to anyone at all interested in this country’s natural scenic gems, whether or not they’re very active walkers.
Those who are enthusiastic hikers will likely feel a little envious of the author, Shaun Barnett, for the hundreds of hours he has spent on these 100 tracks, and no doubt many more. And grateful to him for his work in putting his top 100 together in this attractive high-quality volume.
Excuse me – I must get up, find my boots and scratch the itch.
Author: Shaun Barnett
Publisher: Potton & Burton