Changing Gears: Ups & Downs on the New Zealand Road

Author(s): Sequoia Schmidt


Returning home for the first time in 10 years, Sequoia Schmidt sets out to complete a 28 day solo cycle of New Zealand. This will be her first time home since the deaths of her father and brother in a tragic climbing accident.

Changing Gears describes Sequoia's experiences with grief, loss and recovery, interwoven with adventures on the roads of New Zealand as she returns to her homeland to re-connect with Aotearoa and herself.



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"Sequoia's observation is one of one love for this country she was born in and wonder at the people, places and history she discovers in her travels. It is also a book about courage. The courage one needs to face grief and troubles unflinchingly. " - Peter Hillary

"Schmidt takes us on a raw and heartfelt journey through the geography of loss and grief. In physically pushing through places and experiences, seeking connection with those she has lost, we follow her path toward understanding, of the ways in which our lives are defined by imperfect choices and how that impacts on those around us." - Damien Gildea Explorer/Author/Mountaineer

"The spirit of adventure certainly lives on in Sequoia!" - Alex Brandon, Macpac CEO

"Sequoia is back in New Zealand for the first time in 10 years. In her inspiring 'aventure tour' she climbs Mt Aspiring, cycles the length of the country, and bungy jumps." - Radio New Zealand

"This is so much more than just an adventure book. This is a book that touches the heart, and connects the reader with Sequoia's grief. An outstanding emotional and physical journey, that leaves you inspired." - International Review of Books

General Fields

  • : 9781942549413
  • : Di Angelo Publications
  • : Voyage
  • : January 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sequoia Schmidt
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 208