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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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Eyewitness Guide New Zealand

Eyewitness Guide New Zealand

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

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

Eyewitness Guide Sydney

Eyewitness Guide Sydney

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

This superb guide to Sydney features color photography, dozens of excellent neighborhood maps and a district-by-district synopsis of the city's attractions. (AUS25, $23.00)

Aboriginal Australians

Aboriginal Australians

by Stephen Muecke

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 127 PAGES

A lively shirt-pocket encyclopedia, illustrating the culture, history and art of the Aborigines. (AUS230, $15.95)

Fishwatcher's Field Guide, Great Barrier Reef

Fishwatcher's Field Guide, Great Barrier Reef

by Idaz Greenberg

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • PLASTIC CARD

A double-sided, laminated card covering the reef fish of Australia, Papua New Guinea and the tropical Pacific. (DIV41, $7.50)

Australia Map

Australia Map

by ITMB

  • 2010
  • MAP

A handy, folded map at a scale of 1:3,500,000. (AUS23, $12.95)

South Island Map

South Island Map

by HEMA Maps

  • 2009
  • MAP
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

A map of New Zealand's South Island at the scale of 1:1,000,000. (NZL24, $10.95)

 
Christchurch Map

Christchurch Map


by HEMA Maps

  • MAP
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

Including a regional map on the reverse at a scale of 1:350,000. (NZL84, $10.95)

Sydney Map

Sydney Map


by Borch Maps

  • 2006
  • MAP

A laminated map of the center of Sydney at a scale of 1:12,000. (AUS104, $9.95)

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)

Culture Smart! Australia

Culture Smart! Australia


by Barry Penney

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice. (AUS189, $9.95)

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)

Lonely Planet Queensland & The Great Barrier Reef

Lonely Planet Queensland & The Great Barrier Reef


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

A practical guide to the rain forests, reefs, off-shore islands and other attractions of Queensland with a focus on adventure and outdoor activities. (AUS107, $24.99)

National Geographic New Zealand

National Geographic New Zealand


by Peter Turner | Colin Monteath

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

This compact, abundantly illustrated guide introduces the history, culture and nature of New Zealand with excellent essays, maps and color photography. (NZL99, $25.95)

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
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES
  • COMING IN FEBRUARY

A brisk portrait of New Zealand and its culture, economy and society, this concise history also covers the settlement of the Pacific Islands. (NZL60, $16.95)

Presenting New Zealand, An Illustrated History

Presenting New Zealand, An Illustrated History


by Philip Temple

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Organized from North to South, this oversized paperback, featuring large, full-color archival illustrations on every page, is a profile of the island nation, its history, people and nature. (NZL106, $39.99)

The Birth of Sydney

The Birth of Sydney


by Tim F. Flannery

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Flannery's engaging portrait of Sydney from its initial settlement to the present day, incorporating observations by early visitors including Mark Twain, Charles Darwin and Captain Cook. (AUS100, $14.00)

The Fatal Shore

The Fatal Shore


by Robert Hughes

  • HISTORY
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 752 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

In this celebrated social history, both scholarly and entertaining, Hughes traces the fate of those who were transported to the penal colonies of Australia between 1787 and 1868. It's an engaging popular account, drawn from the experiences of the colonists themselves. (AUS04, $21.00)

Whale Rider

Whale Rider


by Niki Caro

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2003
  • DVD
  • OUT OF PRINT

The acclaimed screen adaptation of the novel by Witi Ihimaera about a girl in a New Zealand village and her relationship with a whale. (NZL70, $26.95)

Blue Latitudes, Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before

Blue Latitudes, Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before


by Tony Horwitz

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Sailing on a replica of Endeavour, Horwitz mixes history, fun and adventure in this hilarious recap of Cook's daring voyages around the world. (EXP31, $18.00)

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)

In a Sunburned Country

In a Sunburned Country


by Bill Bryson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 335 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The intrepid, ever-resourceful Bill Bryson revels in Australia's eccentric characters, dangerous flora and fauna and other oddities in this wildly funny, effortlessly informative travelogue. (AUS83, $15.99)

Kiwi Tracks

Kiwi Tracks


by Andrew Stevenson

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Stevenson begins amidst the snow and cold on the mountains of New Zealand's South Island and slowly ventures northward to the tropics in this personal account of a four-month solo trek. (NZL30, $12.95)

My Place

My Place


by Sally Morgan

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1987
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

A deeply moving autobiography of three generations in Australia, which artfully evokes Aboriginal culture. Morgan, who spent her childhood in Perth, didn't discover her Aboriginal background until she was in her teens. (AUS19, $19.95)

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)

Australia, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Australia, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Robert Ross

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Arranged geographically, this collection of works by mostly local writers, including Patrick White, Peter Carey and other luminaries introduces the cultures, geography and mindset of Australia. (AUS38, $13.95)

Once Were Warriors

Once Were Warriors


by Alan Duff

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

This controversial best-selling novel follows the fate of a Maori woman in what appears to be modern-day Auckland, an insightful look at social problems of the Maori in contemporary New Zealand. (NZL19, $14.00)

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)

A Reef in Time

A Reef in Time


by J. E. N. Veron

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

Veron draws on a lifetime of experience to present a fascinating geological history of the world's most famous coral reef, and also a plea for its protection against the dangers of global climate change. (AUS190, $22.00)

New Zealand, A Natural History

New Zealand, A Natural History


by Tui De Roy | Mark Jones

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Having relocated many years ago to the beaches of Golden Bay on the North Island, Tui and Mark present the wildlife, habitats and splendor of their homeland in this photographic celebration. (NZL76, $40.00)

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean

The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean


by Paddy Ryan

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

This take-along guide covers coral reefs, fish, invertebrates and plants of the Indo-Pacific and includes 200 color photographs. (DIV18, $21.99)

Wild Fiordland

Wild Fiordland


by Neville Peat

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

This comprehensive overview of the natural history of New Zealand's Fiordland features maps, lively essays and 200 color photographs. (NZL06, $39.95)

Australian Wildlife

Australian Wildlife


by Raymond Leung | James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PLASTIC CARD

This handy fold-out guide features illustrations of almost 150 species of Australian animals. Laminated and pocket-sized, it easily slips into your daypack. (AUS111, $6.95)

Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific

Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific


by Terence M. Gosliner

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 314 PAGES

A comprehensive handbook to 1,000 marine invertebrates by a leading expert from the California Academy of Sciences. (DIV19, $45.00)

Field Guide to the Birds of Australia

Field Guide to the Birds of Australia


by Ken Simpson | Nicholas Day

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

A handbook and field guide to Australia's birds with 2,000 vivid color illustrations, each accompanied by a brief description and revised range map. (AUS06, $39.95)

New Zealand Wildlife

New Zealand Wildlife


by Julian Fitter

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A splendid introduction to the nature and wildlife of New Zealand, featuring succinct chapters on geography and geology, history, habitats and wildlife, along with hundreds of color photographs. (NZL97, $25.99)

Reef Fish Identification, Tropical Pacific

Reef Fish Identification, Tropical Pacific


by Paul Humann | Ned Deloach | Gerald Allen | Roger Steene

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 450 PAGES

This comprehensive guide to Indo-Pacific reef fishes features 2,500 color photographs. (DIV49, $48.00)

The Hand Guide to the Birds of New Zealand

The Hand Guide to the Birds of New Zealand


by Barrie Heather

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

The revised compact edition of the classic field guide, featuring 74 color plates by Derek Onley. (NZL05, $71.00)

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