SHANE BOOCOCK - Travel Writer For Hire.

Why should you invite Shane Boocock on a press trip? – Because this is by far and away the best way to promote your destination marketing organizations, hotels, resorts, attractions, and tourism related operators.


I’m currently a Director and Editor at Large for the New Zealand luxury glossy publication, Let’s Travel Magazine as well as being the author of 'Auckland - A City Guide For City People,' published in 2003 as well as the acclaimed travel guidebook, ‘The New Zealand Adventure Guide,’ released in December 2010, both by New Holland Publishers.  The New Zealand Adventure Guide is considered the ultimate adventure guide and reference book of its kind in New Zealand.

Since 1996 I have also been a freelance travel writer, photographer and travel editor based in New Zealand where my travel articles and photographs have appeared in respected newspapers and travel magazines across New Zealand, Australia, Asia and North America including: Elite Traveler - Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine, Out & About with Kids Magazine, the New Zealand Herald, SeaSpray Magazine, NZ House & Garden, On Holiday Magazine, Motorhomes Caravans & Destinations, Great Walks Magazine, Amex Platinum Magazine, MindFood Magazine, Escape Magazine-Sunday Telegraph, Virgin Airlines Voyager Magazine, South China Morning Post and Let’s Travel Magazine among many others including many travel supplements for tourism boards.



Shane Boocock – iTravelWriter For Hire

Why should you invite Shane Boocock on a press trip? – Because I am by far and away the best way to promote your destination marketing organizations, hotels, resorts, attractions, and tourism related operators. Hosting a good travel writer is a long-term investment that will elevate and help market your travel and tourism profile to the fickle travel consumer. Deep down, I’m always thinking up better headlines, looking for stories (always looking) and working on ways to write better copy. I’m always working when on assignment, I’m writing, or checking out news-feeds or reading up on the latest industry developments. It’s what I do and I do it well. Good writing will survive, as long as it inspires, entertains and informs – that is what I do best.

There are lots of great travel writers presently in the field but if you are looking for someone who can deliver outstanding, well-written articles with pride, commitment and a professional work ethic I’m the right person to approach. Travel writing has to be based on true and acurate information. I consider myself an independant professional working journalist, a person with integrity who is meticulous with research combined witha passion for the written word. I’m always looking for the best story angle whilst cultivating subtle attributes to lift it above standard travel stories.

I already have a strong professional presence in online blogs, Facebook and Twitter and I’m committed to updating digital media platforms and my image galleries while on press trips. With four blog sites to contribute to, I have a social media following that craves new stories and updates. Organisations who have in the past utilized my writing skills on successful press trips are still reaping the editorial results years beyond the original assignment.

For more information please contact Shane to discuss collaboration


The Return On Your Investment?

Being a participant on a press trip has multiple advantages to tourism organisations. However there isn’t a guaranteed formula that will result in articles being published, unless the writer owns a magazine, which I happen to do.  As the Editor at Large of Let’s Travel Magazine I can guarantee that my articles and travel blogs will see the light of day. Combine that with the additional freelance media outlets I write for, means tourism organisations get’s a bigger ‘bang-for-their-press-buck,’ – and that’s where I deliver over many other travel writers.

Highly acclaimed, widely travelled and much published, today I travel extensively around the world on assignments researching and writing travel, tourism and cuisine articles. I am often commissioned or hosted on famils by regional tourism companies, state tourism bureaus, country tourism organisations, major airlines or hotels and resorts who often assign a good dose of adventure related aspects to the trips they consign me to undertake. I am an avid outdoorsman; a somewhat good skier, a peddling off-road mountain biker, a man with a passion for fly fishing and deep sea angling, a confident kayaker in flat water, a long distance and high alltitude hiker with blown knees and generally an all-round adventurer willing to push the envelope given the opportunity. If food and wine are on your menu then my ‘tablehopper’ articles will focus on the finer aspects of fine dining too.

With regard to cameras and photography: I originally started my career as a graphic designer giving me a great eye for detail which I dovetailed into a life of photography initially working in darkrooms and shooting wedding photographs in the 1970s to consistantly being at the forefront of 35mm and medium-format cameras and over the last eight years I’ve fully embraced digital photography. 

I now have over 36 years travel experience including all 50 states in the USA, and, in the course of my travels I have lived and worked in London, New York, Los Angeles, Sydney and Auckland.


Road Trips:

1996/97: 20,000-mile circumnavigation of the continental USA (lower 48 states)

1979/80: Trans Africa - London to Johannesburg crossing the Sahara Desert (9,000 km)

1980/85: Visited all 50 states in the USA

Visited 50 of 57 National Parks in the USA

Completed over 90 road trips as an Adventure Tour Leader



1979/80: Kilimanjaro, Africa 5,895 m (19,341 feet)

1984: Kala Pata, Nepal, Himalayas elevation 5,643 m (18,514 feet)

1984: Gorak Shep, Nepal, Himalayas original Everest Base Camp 5,644 m (18,519 feet)

1984: Lobuche Base Camp, Nepal, Himalayas 5,890 m (19,234 feet)

1984: Island Peak Base Camp, Nepal, Himalayas 5,080 m (16,666)

2000: Avalanche Peak, Yellowstone National Park 3,220 m (10,566 feet)

2008: Mount Kinabulu, Borneo 4,095 m (13,435 feet)

2010: Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand 2,097 m (9,147 feet)

2011: Gokyo Ri Peak, Nepal Himalayas, 5,360 m (17,585 feet)

2014: Inca Trail Summit, Peru 4,215 m (13,828 feet)


Additional Media Services: TravMedia and Food4Media (NZ)

In 2004, I launched and in New Zealand – both leading online press release distribution services for travel media and PR Professionals. As the world’s leading travel and food news distribution service for the media – TravMedia and Food4Media are the only dedicated travel and food and beverage industry news distribution services for the media.Created exclusively for journalists, they offer free access to breaking press releases together with photography, company information and PR contact details from 1000s of industry organizations worldwide. The websites provide journalists with the ultimate system to suit their needs, whether they are focused on travel news, lifestyle features, food and wine, tourism research or any other area of the media’s output. In New Zealand there are over 250 media connecting with travel associations, hotels and resorts, travel operators, airlines international tourism bureaus and many more. Go to:




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