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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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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
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

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)

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 New Zealand's North Island

Lonely Planet New Zealand's North Island

by Brett Atkinson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

This practical guide to New Zealand's North Island features maps, a good overview of culture, history and nature, and plenty of information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing. With color photographs and excellent travel information. (NZL113, $24.99)

North Island New Zealand MiniMap

North Island New Zealand MiniMap

by Kiwi Maps

  • 2014
  • MAP

A handy, pocket-sized map, fully indexed, that depicts the major roadways, cities and towns of New Zealand's north island. With insets of Auckland, Rotorua, Hamilton and Wellington. Scaled at 1:500,000. (NZL149, $7.95)

 
New Zealand Adventure Map

New Zealand Adventure Map


by National Geographic

  • 2011
  • MAP

A detailed map at a scale of 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)

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)

A River Rules My Kitchen, A Taste of New Zealand from the Mountains to the Sea

A River Rules My Kitchen, A Taste of New Zealand from the Mountains to the Sea


by Tony Smith

  • FOOD
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 304 PAGES

Inspired by the wild flavors of New Zealand, this cookbook includes recipes fresh from the river, including: Roasted Salmon with Spring Thyme and River Honey, Braised Red Cabbage and Wild Apples, Chinese Braised Trout with Green Vegetables and many more. (NZL145, $39.99)

A Concise History of New Zealand

A Concise History of New Zealand


by Philippa Mein Smith

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 348 PAGES

This well-written pocket history covers the history and development of New Zealand from its beginnings to the 21st century. (NZL79, $27.99)

Fairness and Freedom

Fairness and Freedom


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)

Middle-Earth Landscapes

Middle-Earth Landscapes


by Peter Jackson | Ian Brodie

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

Subtitled "Locations in the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit Film Trilogies," this gift edition coffee table book captures the films' sets in wonderful digital photographs, with behind-the-scenes information. Great travel inspiration for a trip through the world of JRR Tolkien. (NZL146, $40.00)

New Zealand Book of Beasts, Animals in Our Culture, History and Everyday Life

New Zealand Book of Beasts, Animals in Our Culture, History and Everyday Life


by Annie Potts

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

This engaging scholarly work explores New Zealanders' relationship with native fauna, how New Zealanders have nurtured, glorified, cherished, demonized and devoured the nation's animals. (NZL127, $49.95)

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, $16.95)

Captain Cook, Master of the Seas

Captain Cook, Master of the Seas


by Frank McLynn

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 490 PAGES

McLynn re-creates the remarkable voyages that took the famous navigator from his native England to the remote Pacific, showing him to be a brave and brilliant seaman who transcended his humble beginnings as a deckhand and triumphed through good fortune, courage and talent. (PAC237, $22.00)

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, $15.00)

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 Luminaries

The Luminaries


by Eleanor Catton

  • LITERATURE
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 864 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 of South Island. It's just over Arthur's Pass from where Catton was raised in Christchurch. (NZL126, $18.00)

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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