Planning ahead

This is my review of New Zealand – South Island r/v (r) hema by Hema Maps Pty LTD.

This robust map designed to cope with continual use shows roads and key landmarks clearly as a vital aid to planning realistic itineraries which is hard with a guidebook or online suggested routes alone. There are also useful street plans for some of the major settlements and maps of popular national parks.

To be more precise, the scale for the overall South Island is 1:1,000,000 or 1 cm represents 10 km. This is adequate to show all the viable roads for route planning. There is a comprehensive index to towns and cities with the grid square reference to locate each one, together with a chart to show the distance by the most direct route between selected main settlements.

On the reverse, there are street plans for Christchurch CBD (Central Business District) and suburbs, Dunedin (ditto) and CBDs for picturesque Picton, Nelson, Blenheim and Invercargill.

Selected national parks are also shown separately at various larger scales than the main map, notably: Fjordland NP (abutting Mount Aspiring NP), Arthur's Pass NP, Kahurangi NP and Aoraki/Mount Cook &Westland Tai/Poutini NP, with some idyllic views to whet your appetite.

Overall, this is an informative and well-designed map, which seems good value for money

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 Stars

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