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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

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

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)

New Zealand Adventure Map

New Zealand Adventure Map

by National Geographic Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP
  • BEST SELLER

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

 
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)

South Island Map

South Island Map


by HEMA Maps

  • 2009
  • MAP

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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