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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)

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)

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)

 
Auckland Map

Auckland Map


by Periplus Maps

  • REFERENCE
  • 2006
  • MAP
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

A city map of Auckland. (NZL27, $8.95)

North Island New Zealand Map

North Island New Zealand Map


by HEMA Maps

  • MAP

A reference map of New Zealand's North Island at a scale of 1:1,000,000. (NZL74, $10.95)

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)

Wallpaper City Guide Auckland

Wallpaper City Guide Auckland


by Wallpaper Magazine

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

Auckland is the latest city to join the series of stylish guides to shops, restaurants and lodging. (NZL86, $8.95)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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
  • 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)

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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