In a Sunburned Country
The intrepid, ever-resourceful Bill Bryson revels in Australia’s eccentric characters, dangerous flora and fauna and other oddities in this wildly funny, effortlessly informative travelogue.
Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All
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.
National Geographic Australia
A thoroughly illustrated travel guide by National Geographic expert and adventurer Roff Smith, who has written extensively about his travels in Australia.
Eyewitness Guide New Zealand
This superb guide features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region overview of attractions.
A handy, folded map at a scale of 1:3,500,000.
National Geographic Maps
New Zealand Adventure Map
A detailed map at a scale of 1:1,000,000, printed on handy tear- and water-resistant paper.
A Traveller’s History of New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands
A brisk portrait of New Zealand and its culture, economy and society, this concise history also covers the settlement of the Pacific Islands.
The Fatal Shore
In this celebrated social history, both scholarly and entertaining, Hughes traces the fate of those who were transported to the penal colonies of Australia between 1787 and 1868. It’s an engaging popular account, drawn from the experiences of the colonists themselves.
The Reef, A Passionate History
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.
Rory Stewart provides the introduction to this 25th anniversary edition of Bruce Chatwin’s celebrated travelogue. Chatwin transforms a journey through the Outback into an exhilarating, semi-fictional meditation on our place in the world.
The Happy Isles of Oceania
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.
This epic history of Australian art begins with early aboriginal paintings from the 1800s and leads up to contemporary works by modern artists, exploring the inescapable link between the dramatic landscapes and the art scene.
This well-illustrated survey focuses on the spiritual and geographic sources of art and ritual traditions in Australia. With 187 well produced black-and-white and color illustrations.
Tracks, A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback
The true-life story of a woman’s trek across the Australian Outback – an adventurous tale shot through with a feel for the landscape and empathy for the Aborigines she meets along the way.
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Slipping Into Paradise, Why I Live in New Zealand
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.
de Grenade, Rafael
Stilwater: Finding Wild Mercy in the Outback
A vividly descriptive account of a woman’s experiences as a cattle rancher at the Stilwater cattle station in Queensland; de Grenade contrasts the startling, pastoral beauty of the land and wildlife with the harshness of ranch life.
Australia, A Traveler’s Literary Companion
Arranged geographically, this collection of works by mostly local writers, including Patrick White, Peter Carey and other luminaries introduces the cultures, geography and mindset of Australia.
The Bone People
Set on the South Island, this powerful novel brings together three troubled individuals who represent Maori and European traditions in contemporary New Zealand.
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.
The Snorkeller’s Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean
This take-along guide covers coral reefs, fish, invertebrates and plants of the Indo-Pacific and includes 200 color photographs.
The Hand Guide to the Birds of New Zealand
The revised compact edition of the classic field guide, featuring 74 color plates by Derek Onley.
Ken Simpson, Nicholas Day
Field Guide to the Birds of Australia
A handbook and field guide to Australia’s birds with 2,000 vivid color illustrations, each accompanied by a brief description and revised range map.
Fishwatcher’s Field Guide, Great Barrier Reef
A double-sided, laminated card covering the reef fish of Australia, Papua New Guinea and the tropical Pacific.
Jill Ker Conway
The Road From Coorain
Jill Ker Conway grew up on an 18,000-acre tract of land in the Australian outback, worked on her family’s farm from the age of seven, and grew up to become the first female president of Smith College and a visiting professor at MIT. This stirring memoir captures her life in Australia beautifully, and paints an evocative picture of this windswept, often unhospitable land.