Wellington travelers should make sure to explore a range of travel guides and other reading material before heading to the area.  This enhances the travel experience by providing useful information about what to see and do during a Wellington trip and also offers travelers insight in to the local experience of the area

Wellington visitors who enjoy experiencing nature on foot may find that “New Zealand – The Great Walks: Includes Auckland and Wellington City Guides” by Alexander Stewart ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1873... ) is a good reading choice.  This book is excellent for outdoor adventurers who are also urban-oriented and want to know the best of what to see by walking both within and outside of the city.   Another terrific walking guide for travelers is “Walking Wellington: Twenty Three Walks of Discovery in and Around Wellington” by Kathy Ombler ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1877... ).  That book is geared specifically towards Wellington travelers and is better than the other for readers who plan to stay only in that area and not to take day trips to other New Zealand locations.

Visitors interested in learning more about the history and people of the area, as opposed to reading travel guides, will find that the best bet for them is probably “Wellington: History, Heritage and Culture” by Gavin McLean ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1877... ).  

Travel Pictorial - Country or Natural Wonder

Always browse any or all Travel Pictorial books about a country, region or a natural wonder of the world . You will find excellent photography to view at leisure. Check out any bookstore or library ( lending or reference ).

Travel Guide(s) - Country, Region or City

Always glance through any Travel Guide for the region you are planning to visit. You will always find some nuggat of useful information. The layout and content will always vary with the publisher. Every traveller should make it a priority to browse one or all of the guides listed below. It will be a great education to browse the layout and view the excellent photography. You decide which of the travel guide(s)  you like the best.

  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide(s)
  • Insight / Discovery Channel Travel Guide(s)
  • Lonely Planet Guide(s)
  • AA Explorer, AA Key or AA Spiral Guide(s)
  • Note: You will find about thirteen ( 13+ ) other publishing companies  travel guides in bookstores.  

Travel Books - Children or Junior

Browse the children's or junior section of your local library for travel and geography guides. You will find a variety of guides to countries, regions or natural wonders of the world. The majority of these guides will be less than fifty pages in length. They will contain an excellent overview of a country etc. They are an excellent introduction to travel for a novice traveller.

Travel DVD or Video Viewing

  • These are a few ideas for finding Travel DVD's in your local area.
  • Local Video Rental Store
  • Local Library - Travel Video or DVD
  • Any large music store will have a range of travel DVD's or  Video's on sale.
  • Travel Video Store has an excellent internet site.
  • BBC Video series website section
  • Pilot Travel Guide series 
  • National  Geographic Travel DVD or Video Series
  • Escorted Tour Companies  DVD or Video's  e.g. Rick Steves' 
  • National Tourist Bureaus MAY have a introduction Video or DVD on offer  or Photo Gallery on their Internet site.