Work Title: A Guide to New Zealand Waterfalls
Work Author(s): Johnny T. Cheng
Story Nature Press
280 color photographs, maps, and illustrations, 288 pages, Softcover $24.95
Reviewer: Bryce Kennedy
Mangawhero Falls gained international attention as Gollum's fishing hole in the Oscar winning movie The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Tourism is a major industry in New Zealand, and the notoriety from Peter Jackson's film series has certainly done its part to attract visitors.
New Zealand's Maori name, Aotearoa, translates to "Land of the Long White Cloud." It covers a land area about the size of the state of Colorado, with just four million residents (and forty million sheep). A Guide to New Zealand Waterfalls offers insight into more than 100 of the nation's waterfalls.
The country of New Zealand is divided between two islands, the North and South Islands. The author has separated them into six different geographical regions. Each chapter covers a different waterfall with vibrant photographs and detailed maps and illustrations to help the reader get there. There is a simple rating system (1-5) for each waterfall system---based on scenic value, hiking difficulty, and driving difficulty.
Marokopa Falls offers a fifteen-minute walk and views of one of the most picturesque waterfalls, often featured on calendars and postcards. The Falls are an easy thirty to forty-five minute drive from Waitomo---home of the popular glow-worm caves.
The most famous tramp (hike) in New...