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A Tiki Tour of Canterbury: The Book

Three months ago, I got a very exciting phone call — I’d won Wotif‘s ‘Tiki Tour of Canterbury’ blogger competition and I was going to New Zealand! A week later, I was sitting on the plane, looking forward to a jam-packed itinerary full of activities, scenery, and food.

The trip exceeded my every expectation. I squeezed more into a short trip than I have ever done before. Along the way, I met a lot of interesting people, stuffed myself silly with almost every type of food you can think of, and did an incredible number of activities and short trips. Yes, I was exhausted by the time I got home from all the late-night blogging, but it was worth it.

A Tiki Tour of Canterbury

The cover of "A Tiki Tour of Canterbury," my photo book.

One thing I really enjoy doing after taking a big trip is turning it into a photo book. It’s great seeing my photos in print rather than on the computer screen, plus, I love that my family is able to pull out books that have my name as the author (which is something I’ve always wanted, even as a pretty young child). I’ve frantically put most of these together just before Christmas so I can give them as Christmas presents, although I’m trying to change my tune and stop procrastinating on them quite so much!

With that in mind, when I got back to Australia I started checking out the Blurb website for ideas for inspiration. As I browsed the website, I came across their Instagram book template and thought, why not do that with my photos? As I said in the official Tiki tour of Canterbury post, they truly tell the tale of my Tiki tour, of all the emotions I was feeling as I traveled from Kaikoura to Tekapo (and to all the stops in between).

Bridge Near Akaroa Harbour

A idyllic scene near Akaroa Harbour at sunset.

Rather than just making this book for my friends and family, I decided to make it publicly available. The goal is to give back to the area that gave so much to me, so all of the proceeds from each book (and ebook) sale will be donated to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. I will donate about $6 per purchase to the fund in a lump sum at the end of every month. As a few books have already sold, I’ll be making my first donation at the end of July!

One very lovely person purchased the ebook (readable on the iPad or anything with ePub support) and then made a separate $50 donation to the appeal as well. It made me feel great that my book had spurred such generosity! Every bit helps as the city of Christchurch is still very much in the rebuilding stage.

A Thistle at Lake Pukaki

A thistle on the shores of Lake Pukaki, with Aoraki/Mount Cook in the background.

For more information, including a full-book preview, please check out the official launch post on Wotifblog. The print book is available through Blurb’s bookstore, and the ebook is available in their ebookstore. Also, if you’d like to spread the word, please use one of the following buttons on your blog’s sidebar:

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2 Responses to A Tiki Tour of Canterbury: The Book

  1. Erik July 23, 2012 at 12:08 am Reply

    Buying mine now! It’s supports an excellent cause!

    • Kristin July 23, 2012 at 9:35 pm Reply

      Thanks so much Erik! That’s great to hear! I’ve sold 5 hardbacks and 4 ebooks now so I’ll be donating at least $55 at the end of the month!

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