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Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All

Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All

by Christina Thompson

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Historian Thompson effortlessly alternates tales of mostly disastrous early encounters with the Maori and the story of the love of her life, Seven, the Maori she married, in this endearing memoir. (NZL96, $16.00)

Culture Smart! New Zealand

Culture Smart! New Zealand

by Peter Oettli

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (NZL75, $9.95)

Eyewitness Guide New Zealand

Eyewitness Guide New Zealand

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

This superb guide features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region overview of attractions. (NZL45, $25.00)

New Zealand Adventure Map

New Zealand Adventure Map

by National Geographic Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A detailed map at a scale of 1:1,000,000, printed on handy tear- and water-resistant paper. (NZL09, $11.95)

 
A Personal Kiwi-Yankee Dictionary

A Personal Kiwi-Yankee Dictionary


by Louis Leland

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 115 PAGES

Take this book with you on your trip to help you untangle the sometimes perplexing and colorful local idioms. (NZL13, $7.95)

Beginner's Maori

Beginner's Maori


by K. T. Harawira | T. R. Buxton

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 121 PAGES

A guide to the Maori language, written for the traveler looking for an introductory foundation to the language, culture and traditions of the Maori people. (NZL36, $8.95)

Frommer's New Zealand

Frommer's New Zealand


by Diana Balham

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 640 PAGES
  • COMING IN MAY

A practical travel guide featuring excellent annotated listings of what to do and where to eat and sleep. With one-color maps and suggested excursions. (NZL144, $24.95)

Rough Guide to New Zealand

Rough Guide to New Zealand


by Rough Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 848 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to New Zealand in the hip, literate and very infomative Rough Guide style. It's divided cleanly between practical information and illuminating background on culture and history. (NZL139, $27.99)

A River Rules My Kitchen, A Taste of New Zealand from the Mountains to the Sea

A River Rules My Kitchen, A Taste of New Zealand from the Mountains to the Sea


by Tony Smith

  • FOOD
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES

Inspired by the wild flavors of New Zealand, this cookbook includes recipes fresh from the river, including: Roasted Salmon with Spring Thyme and River Honey, Braised Red Cabbage and Wild Apples, Chinese Braised Trout with Green Vegetables and many more. (NZL145, $39.99)

A Traveller's History of New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands

A Traveller's History of New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands


by John Chambers

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • COMING IN AUGUST

A brisk portrait of New Zealand and its culture, economy and society, this concise history also covers the settlement of the Pacific Islands. (NZL60, $14.95)

Fairness and Freedom

Fairness and Freedom


by David Hackett Fischer

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 629 PAGES

Pulitzer Prize-winner Fischer compares the politics of America and New Zealand, posing the question: is it possible to be both fair and free? Despite its focus on politics and fairness, the book is thoroughly enjoyable and, in its own way, a travelogue. (USA468, $34.95)

Maori Tattooing

Maori Tattooing


by H.G. Robley

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A new unabridged edition of the classic, illustrated sourcebook on Maori tattooing (moko), first published in 1896. The author pays scrupulous attention to the intricate patterns, design and cultural meaning of traditional Maori tattoos. (NZL67, $14.95)

Middle-Earth Landscapes

Middle-Earth Landscapes


by Peter Jackson | Ian Brodie

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

Subtitled "Locations in the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit Film Trilogies," this gift edition coffee table book captures the films' sets in wonderful digital photographs, with behind-the-scenes information. Great travel inspiration for a trip through the world of JRR Tolkien. (NZL146, $40.00)

New Zealand Book of Beasts, Animals in Our Culture, History and Everyday Life

New Zealand Book of Beasts, Animals in Our Culture, History and Everyday Life


by Annie Potts

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

This engaging scholarly work explores New Zealanders' relationship with native fauna, how New Zealanders have nurtured, glorified, cherished, demonized and devoured the nation's animals. (NZL127, $49.95)

Pacific Journeys

Pacific Journeys


by Peter Hendrie

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

A striking portfolio of 330 color photographs of the people, nature and landscape of the region, Hendrie's gorgeous book includes images from his many journeys to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, to Tahiti and the Marquesas, Tonga, Fiji, Easter Island and Hawaii over the last 20 years. (PAC183, $45.00)

The Happy Isles of Oceania

The Happy Isles of Oceania


by Paul Theroux

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The peripatetic author flies off to Australia and New Zealand with a kayak and ends up exploring much of Melanesia and Polynesia, including Tonga, Fiji and the Marquesas, in this wickedly funny, wide-ranging tale. (PAC03, $16.95)

Captain Cook, Master of the Seas

Captain Cook, Master of the Seas


by Frank McLynn

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 490 PAGES

McLynn re-creates the remarkable voyages that took the famous navigator from his native England to the remote Pacific, showing him to be a brave and brilliant seaman who transcended his humble beginnings as a deckhand and triumphed through good fortune, courage and talent. (PAC237, $22.00)

Slipping Into Paradise, Why I Live in New Zealand

Slipping Into Paradise, Why I Live in New Zealand


by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

In this far-ranging travelogue, Masson (who wrote a series of books on the emotional lives of animals) combines his travels and tales with history, riffs on the Kiwis, nature and society. (NZL69, $14.95)

Erewhon

Erewhon


by Samuel Butler | Peter Mudford

  • LITERATURE
  • 1970
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

Butler's classic Victorian novel inspired by his experiences in 1860s New Zealand. A satirical account of a journey to an upside-down country at the end of the world, where sick people are thrown in jail and murderers are taken to the hospital. (NZL65, $15.00)

Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance

Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance


by Lloyd Jones

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 276 PAGES

Originally published in 2002, this sensuous novel is set in rural New Zealand and spans the end of World War I to the present day. Brought together by their obsession with the tango, two couples experience the trials of true love and the power of storytelling. (NZL101, $12.00)

Stories

Stories


by Katherine Mansfield

  • LITERATURE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

The three marvelous, long stories in this collection constitute the beginnings of a novel based on Mansfield's childhood in Wellington. (NZL55, $16.95)

The Bone People

The Bone People


by Keri Hulme

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

Set on the South Island, this powerful novel brings together three troubled individuals who represent Maori and European traditions in contemporary New Zealand. (NZL02, $16.00)

The Luminaries

The Luminaries


by Eleanor Catton

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 864 PAGES

Murder and mystery in 19th-century New Zealand. This epic and intricately constructed tale -- spinning out over 800 pages -- is set during the wild days of the 1866 gold rush on the west coast of South Island. It's just over Arthur's Pass from where Catton was raised in Christchurch. (NZL126, $18.00)

Tutira, The Story of a New Zealand Sheep Station

Tutira, The Story of a New Zealand Sheep Station


by Herbert Guthrie-Smith | William Cronon

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

First published in 1921, this loving account of the ecology of New Zealand focuses on Guthrie-Smith's 40,000-sheep shearing station on the shores of Lake Tutira in the Hawke's Bay region of the North Island. (NZL26, $54.99)

A Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand

A Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand


by Julian Fitter

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PAPER

A comprehensive and compact guide by longtime resident Julian Fitter featuring 600 color photographs, range maps and species descriptions. (NZL116, $24.95)

Birds of New Zealand, A Photographic Guide

Birds of New Zealand, A Photographic Guide


by Paul Scofield

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 500 PAGES

Illustrated by almost 1,000 photographs, Birds of New Zealand offers a definitive introduction to the identification and behavior of the country's extraordinary avian life. (NZL122, $85.00)

New Zealand Birds

New Zealand Birds


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2015
  • PLASTIC CARD
  • 12 PAGES

A handy, laminated guide to over 140 species of birds commonly found in New Zealand, highlighting the country's top birding hot spots. (NZL141, $6.95)

New Zealand Wildlife

New Zealand Wildlife


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 12 PAGES

A handy, laminated guide to 140 familiar species of bird, mammal, reptile, amphibian, fish and butterfly in New Zealand. Ideal for quick nature reference. (NZL135, $6.95)

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises


by Mark Carwardine

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

In the trademark, graphic Eyewitness style, this sturdy guidebook colorfully describes the world's cetaceans with numerous illustrations, range maps, fluke drawings and a few paragraphs on each species. (FG02, $22.00)

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