Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All
In this endearing, offbeat memoir, Christina Thompson effortlessly alternates tales of mostly disastrous early encounters with the Maori (she’s an anthropologist) and the story of the love of her life, Seven, the Maori she married. Her title is taken from what “Darwin said that Cook said the Maoris said at that interesting moment when Europeans first appeared.” What probably actually transpired on that fateful day in 1769 at the Bay of Isles was more complex.
Culture Smart! New Zealand
A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.
Eyewitness Guide New Zealand
This superb illustrated guide to New Zealand from the Eyewitness series features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country’s attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry.
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 Personal Kiwi-Yankee Dictionary
Take this book with you on your trip to help you untangle the sometimes perplexing and colorful local idioms.
K. T. Harawira, T. R. Buxton (Introduction)
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.
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
David Hackett Fischer
Fairness and Freedom
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.
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.
New Zealand Book of Beasts, Animals in Our Culture, History and Everyday Life
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.
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.
Captain Cook, Master of the Seas
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 courage, talent and good fortune.
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.
Samuel Butler, Peter Mudford (Introduction)
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.
Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance
Originally published in 2002, this sensuous novel is set in rural New Zealand and spans the end of World War I to the present day. Brought together by their obsession with the tango, two couples experience the trials of true love and the power of storytelling.
The three marvelous, long stories in this collection constitute the beginnings of a novel based on Mansfield’s childhood in Wellington.
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.
Herbert Guthrie-Smith, William Cronon (Introduction)
Tutira, The Story of a New Zealand Sheep Station
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.
A Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand
A comprehensive and compact guide by longtime resident Julian Fitter featuring 600 color photographs, range maps and species descriptions.
Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises
In the trademark graphic Eyewitness style, this sturdy guidebook colorfully describes the world’s cetaceans with numerous illustrations, range maps, fluke drawings and a few paragraphs on each species.