Hellbent for Paradise is the inspiring – and often nail biting – new tale of Zoë Cano’s exploits roaming the jaw-dropping natural wonders of Aotearoa New Zealand on a mission to find her own paradise.

From the outset of this 5 000 kilometre road trip odyssey, this free-spirited motorcycle traveller is pushed to her limits as a series of catastrophic cyclones come crashing through New Zealand.     

Along the way, Zoë encounters colourful people from all walks of life including artists and musicians, sheep farmers, Maori fishermen, a healer, stargazers, fellow travellers and even motorcycle gangs who’ll all open her eyes and introduce her to the raw underbelly of the country.

But the journey doesn’t quite turn out as she’d planned and extreme measures are needed to complete – and even survive – the Land of the Long White Cloud!

Zoë Cano, whose first name means “Life”, is an adventurous traveller, writer and photographer.

Born in Hereford, England, in the 1960’s she moved to live and work in Paris for ten years before working in New York and finally, Boston, with extended periods in Brazil and Asia for the international events and exhibition business.
Zoë started rowing competitively and took the challenge to skiff the entire length of the Thames from its source in the centre of England to Greenwich. She has crossed the Peruvian Andes on horseback, motorcycled numerous times solo around the American continent as well as this recent journey to the Antipodes.
Zoë lives in London and is also the author of the highly successful travel trilogy Bonneville Go or Bust (2013), Southern Escapades (2015) and Chilli, Skulls & Tequila (2017).