The authors, Derek and Margaret Empson, describe their 16-day tour with the well-known Australia Pacific Touring (APT) coach touring company in 2011. The 80-page book has 38 pages of informative and easy-to-read narrative and is beautifully illustrated by almost 170 colour plates. They provide a day-by-day narrative of a most interesting and professionally organised tour that began in Christchurch and ended in Auckland, including most of New Zealand's best known and most interesting beauty spots and towns.
The book gives would-be tourists an excellent overview of how worthwhile and enjoyable a coach touring holiday in New Zealand can be. It is available in hard or soft back.
I have now written five books of which three - those describing our travels in the Far East, Australia and New Zealand and the latest about a week's holiday in Norfolk, England - were written and illustrated jointly with my wife, Margaret. On military aviation subjects I have written two books. The Blurb Book is entitled, "Sunderland Mark V". In November 2011, I updated this to its 2nd Edition. It contains 88 photographs taken by me of the exterior and interior including all crew stations and their equipment in Sunderland Mark V ML796, at Duxford Imperial War Museum. This flying boat saw long service with the RAF and many other nations. My photo captions describe the aircraft's and crew's equipment in great detail. My other Military Aviation book, published by Pen & Sword in 2010, is entitled, "Sunderland over Far Eastern Seas", a personal account of flying as Navigator of RAF Sunderland flying boats in the Far East in the 1950s on operations over the Yellow Sea during the Korean War
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