A different kind of travelogue. As an avid young traveller I often wondered what would it would be like when I got older, gathered commitments, created children and accrued debt. This is what it's like.
You have got to love good free stuff. I often wonder how publishing maps can be a money making exercise. I mean how many of these topographic maps would have to be sold, even at silly prices, to pay for all the hassle involved. I imagine most of the cartography was done many years ago or if its still being mapped its done by government funded organisations or contractors? I don’t know an awful lot about how this works. Nonetheless I can go and spend $30 or so on a nice paper 1:50000 map or I can look on the internet. I love a paper map as much as the next nerd and I have many. However I was very pleasantly surprised by the detail and functionality of the New Zealand Topo Map website. http://www.topomap.co.nz This is entirely free, uses up to date data, is focused on outdoors people like me (and probably you), is available on mobile platforms, you can zoom right in and really theres not a lot wrong. It depends on (unobtrusive) advertising and donations. I just wanted to say thanks to Gavin Harriss and the folks that put this together. Good on you. Free Thing of the Day! I think I shall go and make a donation and then head to Looking Glass Bay.