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The Northern Advocate - - 48 Hours/books - Linda Hall Peter Shand

Show­tym Ad­ven­tures: Chessy, The Welsh Pony By Kelly Wil­son, Pen­guin Ran­dom House, $14.99

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The fourth book in the Show­tym Ad­ven­ture se­ries is about the youngest Wil­son sis­ter Amanda.

At 7 years old Amanda has al­ways rid­den her beloved and safe pony Char­lie Brown.

But when she swaps with her friend for a much more spir­ited pony she won­ders if she has got what it takes to ride wild ponies.

While she is get­ting used to the new pony, the fam­ily muster some beau­ti­ful Welsh ponies that have run wild in the hills. Among them is Cheesy, a beau­ti­ful stal­lion that is just the right size for Amanda.

It’s Amanda who must prove that she has what it takes to ride her friend’s stroppy pony be­fore she con­sid­ers train­ing Chessy.

New Zealand’s Great Walks Paul and Shel­ley Hersey, Pen­guin Ran­dom House, $45

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New Zealand has nine mul­ti­day ex­cur­sions of­fi­cially la­belled ‘Great Walks’ — Lake Waikare­moana, Ton­gariro, Whanganui River (ac­tu­ally more of a pad­dle), Abel Tas­man, Hea­phy, Route­burn, Milford, Ke­pler and Rak­iura. Only the first three are in the North Is­land and the last is on Ste­wart Is­land.

This book, by Dunedin-based hus­band-and­wife tramp­ing en­thu­si­asts, is all you need to bone up on and com­plete any of th­ese di­verse, spec­tac­u­lar and well­main­tained walks. Each one comes with maps, el­e­va­tion pro­files, high­lights, track de­tails, sec­tion-by­sec­tion de­scrip­tions, and plan­ning ad­vice — not to men­tion a tempt­ing over­view just to get you ex­cited.

The book also of­fers prac­ti­cal gen­eral ad­vice and help­ful web­sites. What could pos­si­bly go wrong? Buy some new tramp­ing boots just in case. —

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