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New Zealand: Off the Beaten Path

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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 People of the Sea, Environment, Identity, and History in Oceania

The People of the Sea, Environment, Identity, and History in Oceania


by Paul D'Arcy

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 292 PAGES

D'Arcy looks at the oceangoing traditions of the peoples of the Pacific from 1770 to the present in this scholarly but accessible overview. (PAC310, $25.00)

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, $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)

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)

Potiki

Potiki


by Patricia Grace

  • LITERATURE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A tale of a Maori community confronting a planned mega-development, this novel is terrific at portraying the daily life of Roimata Kararaina, her husband, Hemi Tamihana and other characters. (NZL124, $19.00)

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)

New Zealand Through Time, An Illustrated Journey Through 83 Million Years of Natural History

New Zealand Through Time, An Illustrated Journey Through 83 Million Years of Natural History


by Ronald Cometti

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 96 PAGES

Step back in time in this illustrated miscellany, featuring dozens of full-color paintings of giant moa, mixosaurus and other splendid extinct creatures. (NZL108, $29.99)

Stargazing Basics, Getting Started in Recreational Astronomy

Stargazing Basics, Getting Started in Recreational Astronomy


by Paul E. Kinzer

  • SCIENCE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

This informal guide has all the answers for an absolute novice, from what to look for in the sky to which telescope to buy. (SCI242, $21.99)

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, $46.00)

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)

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