Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
SHORT EASY BIKE RIDES 52 of New Zealand’s best
SHORT EASY BIKE RIDES
52 of New Zealand’s best
Published 01 November 2015; RRP: $24.90
Cycling in New Zealand is booming again thanks to the
many safe, easy, off-road cycle paths which have been created in recent years.
This will be further boosted by the more than $300 million the government plans
to spend on urban cycle ways over the next three years, as they create 250
kilometres of additional cycle paths and lanes. The end result is many more
traffic-free paths for Kiwis to enjoy – time to get on your bike!
Short Easy Bike Rides showcases 52
of New Zealand’s newest, most picturesque and leisurely bike journeys – from
the Bay of Islands to Auckland, the Waikato, Tauranga, Taranaki, Wairarapa,
Nelson, the West Coast, Christchurch, Central Otago, Dunedin, Invercargill, and
all points in-between.
These rides are all off-road and away from traffic,
along wide, smooth paths, appropriate for any type of bike. Most are between
one and two hours duration (although some longer, more challenging rides have
also been included) on flat terrain. Suitable for all ages, levels of fitness
and ability, each ride has been carefully chosen for its closeness to popular
local attractions and major centres. Think delectable cafes, state of the art
playgrounds, art galleries, local beaches, areas of outstanding natural beauty
and iconic tourist destinations.
Short Easy Bike Rides makes bike
riding a total experience; one which engages all the senses and makes being
outdoors fun. Comprehensive and informative, the book features must-see
destinations; makes recommendations about hiring bikes, where to eat, drink and
stay; and contains maps and altitude graphs. There is also invaluable advice
about family biking, what to wear, take and do along the way.
The Kennett Brothers (left)are passionate about optimising the public use and
enjoyment of cycle trails and mountain bike tracks throughout New Zealand. They
are the bestselling authors of many cycling books, design cycling/walking
trails and mountain bike tracks, have been heavily involved with the
government’s cycle ways initiative and, since 2009, have been working on the
New Zealand Cycle Trail project.