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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
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

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)

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)

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)

Southern Exposure

Southern Exposure

by Chris Duff

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

Seasoned kyacker Chris Duff challenges the waters of the Pacific while ruminating on the beauty of New Zealand's coast and its people. (NZL63, $17.95)

New Zealand Adventure Map

New Zealand Adventure Map

by National Geographic Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A detailed map at a 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)

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 Cycling New Zealand

Lonely Planet Cycling New Zealand


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

This practical, cycle-themed guide offers the usual excellent Lonely Planet detail on where to stay and eat -- plus 40 spectacular coastal, mountain and ranch rides all the way from the North to the South. (NZL111, $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 OCTOBER

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 Reef, A Passionate History: the Great Barrier Reef from Captain Cook to Climate Change

The Reef, A Passionate History: the Great Barrier Reef from Captain Cook to Climate Change


by Iain McCalman

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 352 PAGES

McCalman, a historian at the University of Sydney, brings to life the explorers and scientists, beachcombers, divers, indigenous peoples and castaways who first experienced the Great Barrier Reef. (AUS277, $27.00)

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)

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
  • 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)

The Luminaries

The Luminaries


by Eleanor Catton

  • LITERATURE
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 848 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 on South Island. It's just over Arthur's Pass from where Catton was raised in Christchurch. (NZL126, $27.00)

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)

World Atlas of Coral Reefs

World Atlas of Coral Reefs


by Edmund P. Green | Corinna Ravilious | Mark D. Spalding

  • SCIENCE
  • 2001
  • HARD COVER
  • 416 PAGES

With 84 full-page color maps, charts and 200 color photographs of corals and reef fishes, this beautiful atlas is an authoritative survey of coral reef habitats, their distribution and abundance, health and diversity. (OCE60, $73.95)

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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