Book Review: A Land of Two Halves by Joe Bennett

Back in 2003 I travelled to New Zealand to represent Great Britain in my age group at the World Triathlon Championships. It was an absolutely amazing experience. We were based in Queenstown; the extreme capital of NZ, with every kind of extreme sport on offer. That’s an aside, however, my overriding impression of the south island was just how friendly everyone was. It took a few days to get used to, and New Zealand would be the country I would move to if we were ever to leave the UK.

I also love a good travel book, especially if it is slightly off the wall. So when I spotted this little gem hidden in our local Free Little Library I knew it was going home with me. Once read it was returned.

The ‘hook’ with Joe’s book is that he is hitch hiking his way around the country. He has a very dry sense of humour, likes to smoke and drink, and doesn’t particularly like touristy places. Overall he’s very amiable. The book never delves too deep, just touching the surface on socio-political and historical issues.

Maybe I enjoyed the book more because I knew what a great place New Zealand is, however, I found it to be an enjoyable piece of fluff, giving it 4 out of 5 on Goodreads.

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