Many of us dream of escaping from everyday life, tossing a few possessions in a backpack and travelling light in far-off lands. Andrew Stevenson did more than dream: he packed his rucksack and went.Andrew's destination was New Zealand, the island nation famous for its pristine wilderness, from sandy beaches and fast-flowing rivers to glacial mountains and primeval forests. In a hiker's heaven, he treks along the Milford Track, the Kepler Track, the Abel Tasman Track and other famous walking routes. Along the way he gets caught in a blizzard on a mountain path, spends time in a Maori settlement and tries hugging a tree.With insight and a gentle humour, he explores the spirit of this spectacular land at the southern end of the Pacific, its indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, and provides an illuminating view of his fellow backpackers and twilight world they inhabit, forever between destinations. He also reveals that, however much or little you may have in you rucksack, the heaviest baggage is what you carry inside.About the author:Andrew Stevenson was born in Canada and brought up in Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Scotland, Singapore and Malaysia before attending university in Canada and France. He has worked in Canada, Tanzania and Norway as banker, economist for the United Nations, African safari operator and owner of a Norwegian adventure company. When he isn't travelling he writes in Bermuda. Andrew is also the author of Annapurna Circuit: Himalayan Journey.