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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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New Zealand Wildlife

New Zealand Wildlife

by Julian Fitter

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES
  • NEW

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)

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)

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

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)

Eyewitness Guide New Zealand

Eyewitness Guide New Zealand

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

This superb illustrated 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

  • 2011
  • MAP

This handy, double-sided map includes an index and insets of the Sub-Antarctic islands. (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)

Xenophobe's Guide to the Kiwis

Xenophobe's Guide to the Kiwis


by Christine Cole Catley

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 92 PAGES

This irreverent pocket guide to cultural awareness is both insightful and entertaining. (NZL117, $7.95)

Fairness and Freedom, A History of Two Open Societies, New Zealand and the United States

Fairness and Freedom, A History of Two Open Societies, New Zealand and the United States


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)

Making Peoples, A History of the New Zealanders from Polynesian Settlement to the End of the Nineteenth Century

Making Peoples, A History of the New Zealanders from Polynesian Settlement to the End of the Nineteenth Century


by James Belich

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 497 PAGES

A social history of the Maori from pre-contact to the late 19th century. With its wide, yet detailed focus, this book gives the reader a glimpse into the social forces that have formed the Maori, including the tremendous impact of colonization. (NZL07, $27.00)

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)

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, $15.95)

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)

Southern Exposure

Southern Exposure


by Chris Duff

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

Subtitled "A Solo Sea Kayaking Journey Around New Zealand's South Island." (NZL63, $17.95)

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, $14.00)

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

Dancing between New Zealand and Buenos Aires and ranging over decades, tango is the leitmotif of this earlier novel by Lloyd Jones, published here for the first time, author of Mister Pip. Like Mr. Pip, this compact, seductive novel concerns the power of storytelling. (NZL101, $12.00)

Once Were Warriors

Once Were Warriors


by Alan Duff

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

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)

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 Earth Machine, The Science of a Dynamic Planet

The Earth Machine, The Science of a Dynamic Planet


by James D. Webster | Edmond A. Mathez

  • SCIENCE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 378 PAGES

An informative, illustrated overview of the earth and its fiery origins by curators of the American Museum of Natural History's Hall of Planet Earth. (GEO44, $32.95)

The Future Eaters, An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People

The Future Eaters, An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People


by Tim F. Flannery

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

An engaging ecological history of Australasia, looking at human impact on local environments and animal populations in the recent geologic past. (AUS48, $16.00)

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)

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, $70.00)

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