• Canterbury and Kaikoura Day Walks of New Zealand
    Canterbury and Kaikoura Day Walks of New Zealand
    Canterbury presents a great richness of outdoor experiences, from the Kaikoura Coast to the heights of Aoraki/Mt Cook. Day Walks of New Zealand: Canterbury and Kaikoura offers over 60 of the best short excursions throughout the region, selected by well-known outdoors writer Mark Pickering. Whether it be strolling in the exotic forests of Hanmer Springs, exploring the waterfalls and mountains around Arthur's Pass village, taking a nature walk in the heart of suburban Christchurch or admiring the rock formations at Dashing Rocks, this is the guide to have with you. Each walk has been graded and timed, and each entry contains information on access, track conditions and points of interest. These details are accompanied by descriptions of the geography and climate, fascinating notes on the history of Maori and European occupation, and handy maps.

    ISBN: 9780143565512
    Publication date: 04/01/2011
    Price: $26.00
    Author: Pickering, Mark
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Canterbury Foothills and Forests Walking and Tramping Guide
    Canterbury Foothills and Forests Walking and Tramping Guide
    This new edition of Pat Barrett's popular guide to walking excursions in the greater Canterbury region adds Lewis Pass National Reserve and Western Arthur's Pass National Park to the areas included in the first edition, and also covers additional areas of Te Kahui Kaupeka and Hakatere Conservation Parks that are now accessible to the public. The book has a comprehensive introduction, with advice for planning your trip, and provides some background on landscape and climate, flora and fauna, and a brief history of the Canterbury foothills. Pat's personal accounts of some of his favourite walks and climbs will inspire even 'armchair trampers' to get out and enjoy the natural splendour of this magnificent region. Canterbury Foothills & Forests includes walks and tramps suitable for a range of fitness levels; families with children and the moderately fit will enjoy the many short walks along well-marked tracks, and there are harder trips for those who aspire to the challenge of a climb and the views gained from the tops of some of the higher summits.
    The walks and climbs are organised by region: Rangitata region, Ashburton Lakes and Rakaia Valley, Waimakariri Plains region, Waimakariri Basin and Arthur's Pass National Park, and the Lewis Pass region. The handy-sized guide is illustrated with Pat's inspiring photographs and includes 17 new full-colour maps.

    ISBN: 9781927145579
    Publication date: 20/11/2014
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Barrett, Pat
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Huts Untold Stories from Back Country New Zealand
    Huts Untold Stories from Back Country New Zealand
    If huts could talk they could tell the whole history of the back country. Of Scottish shepherds who arrived in the high country with the fresh, vivid memories of the Highland Clearances. Of the flush and fury of goldminers and water-racemen in Central Otago. Of the patient and poorly paid jobs of boundary keepers, musterers and roadmen, who lived in tiny huts in the shadow of huge landscapes. There are over 1500 huts in New Zealand - an extraordinarily large number, and this book is the untold story of several. Remarkably, most of these historic huts still do the job they were built for, whether it's a pit-sawn deer cullers' hut in Urewera National Park or a tiny skiers' shack in the Craigieburn Range. Huts: Untold stories from back-country New Zealand is a celebration of the endurance of these huts and the men who built and lived in them. It is a fascinating look at the place of these iconic dwellings in New Zealand's social and mountain history.

    ISBN: 9781877257919
    Publication date: 01/11/2010
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Pickering, Mark
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $49.99
  • Kenny Smith
    Kenny Smith
    New Zealander Kenny Smith won the New Zealand Hill Climb championship when he was just 16 and, now, at over 70, he still competes in the NZ Formula 5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series. This biography covers Kenny Smith's long career in motor racing, including the golden years of the late '60s and '70s when he raced alongside Bruce McLaren, Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Denny Hulme, Jackie Stewart and Chris Amon, the years he won New Zealand Grand Prix titles, the mentoring and talent-spotting he's been involved in, and everything else he's learnt along the way. Awarded the MBE for Services to Motorsport in 1987, Kenny has also been inducted into the New Zealand Motorsport Hall of Fame and, in 2010, was presented with a Motorsport New Zealand Special Award in recognition of is key role in motorsport.

    ISBN: 9781869539498
    Publication date: 07/11/2016
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Clark, Michael
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $49.99
  • Never Ever Give Up
    Never Ever Give Up
    ‘John has written an account that had me alternately laughing and crying as I read it. … A fascinating introduction to the sport of triathlon, its personalities and its progression to the Olympic sport it is today.’ Erin Baker.

    In Never, Ever Give Up? John Hellemans looks back on his long career in triathlon, initially as a successful competitor, and subsequently as a coach, sports medicine doctor and advisor for some of New Zealand’s best-performing triathletes, including Erin Baker, Kris Gemmell and Andrea Hewitt. In this frank, entertaining and often poignant account he provides a fascinating insight into the professional triathlon world and its personalities, including athletes and other coaches. His exploration of the compulsive attraction of one of the toughest sports, which has kept him hooked into his 60s, will appeal to anyone with an interest in human nature as well as to sports enthusiasts. Adding context and subtext to his sporting career, Hellemans relives significant episodes from his family life in Holland where he grew up under the threat of the Cold War, and his adventures as a young doctor in rural New Zealand, adjusting to a different culture and its customs. A former competitive swimmer, he was captivated by a TV broadcast of the 1979 Les Mills New Zealand Ironman Championships in Auckland and his passion for the new sport was ignited. Along with Erin Baker, whom he coached in her early career, Hellemans competed at the forefront of triathlon as it swept the world, experimenting with training strategies and technical innovations. Struggling to balance his medical and family responsibilities with professional competition, he made a successful move into coaching and mentoring. As well as relating his own trials, triumphs and tribulations in the sport, Hellemans describes the courage and determination of athletes he has coached, as they overcame injury and other setbacks to compete at world level, and he shares the excruciating intensity of watching when they sometimes came to grief. Never, Ever Give Up? explores the motivation that kept Hellemans going back for more and that saw him completing the gruelling Hawaii Ironman in searing heat at the age of 60. Less than two years later, he suffered an exercise-induced cardiac event after a local cross-country run. Was his body telling him that it was time to give up?

    ISBN: 9781988503059
    Publication date: 20/08/2018
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Hellemans, John
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • New Zealand on Foot
    New Zealand on Foot
    Seeing the country afresh on foot, 73-year old Denis Dwyer embarks on a series of day-walks, and narrates his experiences, and provides detail about each track/walkway. In humorous, good-natured style, he travels through countryside, towns, cities and islands, mostly solo, also with family and friends. He covers a vast array of landscapes: from kauri forests, to volcanoes, parks and streets, old battle sites, wetlands and gardens, native flora, springs and streams, boardwalks, a crater rim, the floor of an volcano, and mountains.

    ISBN: 9781869664718
    Publication date: 03/07/2017
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Dwyer, Denis
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • So Far So Good
    So Far So Good
    In 1980, pre-eminent New Zealand landscape photographer Craig Potton, traversed the Southern Alps, a three-month tramping and mountaineering trip that started at Milford Sound and ended in Nelson Lakes National Park. Now, over 35 years later, Craig Potton recounts the experience in So Far, So Good. In part, this is the story of four friends embarking on a youthful adventure in the mountains, dealing with all of the challenges that travelling in this environment presents. But it is also a thoughtful reflection on what it means to spend an extended period of time in the wilderness. Heavily illustrated with photographs taken on the trip, this is a book for anyone with an interest in tramping and mountaineering, and the experience of wild places.

    ISBN: 9780947503123
    Publication date: 19/09/2016
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Potton, Craig
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $24.99
  • To the Mountains Collection of New Zealand alpine writing
    To the Mountains Collection of New Zealand alpine writing
    The air temperature was probably -35 degrees Celsius with wind chill. We couldn’t stand still for long. Our brains felt taxed and our bodies were running on empty. On the Football Field not far from the summit, Sue discovered a square of chocolate. We shared it, telling our bodies we didn’t need more. As we continued the descent, the air warmed and filled with oxygen. We began to encounter climbers heading up. Most knew who we were, incredulously asking: ‘are you the girls who slept on the summit’? – Karen McNeill, ‘A Ridge Too Far: The first female ascent of Denali’s Cassin Ridge’ A schoolgirl races from class to join a weekend trip to the hills. A mountaineering guide recalls his first weeks on the job during the 1920s. A young climber is shown the best route over the Main Divide by a big bull thar. A climbing party is bombarded by falling rock when Ruapehu suddenly erupts. A mountaineer pays tribute to the Maori guides from south Westland, while a fighter pilot tries to recapture an ascent of the Minarets from his tent in Nigeria during World War II. From the Darrans of Fiordland to Denali in Alaska, New Zealand climbers, both experienced and recreational, have captured their alpine experience in letters, journals, articles, memoirs, poems and novels. Drawing on 150 years of published and unpublished material, Laurence Fearnley and Paul Hersey, two top contemporary authors, have compiled a wide-ranging, fascinating and moving glimpse into New Zealand’s mountaineering culture and the people who write about it.

    ISBN: 9781988531205
    Publication date: 01/05/2018
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Fearnley, Laurence
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $45.00
  • Tramping in New Zealand: 40 Great Tramping Trips
    Tramping in New Zealand: 40 Great Tramping Trips
    In print for nearly 10 years, Tramping in New Zealand has become a best-selling tramping guide to 40 of the most popular tramps in New Zealand. In order to keep the title current and accurate, Tramping in New Zealand has been fully revised and updated. Each tramp is illustrated with at least one accurate panoramic Geographx map, and is supported by relevant, up-to-date route information, as well as photographs from Shaun Barnett, one of New Zealand's most respected tramping authors. The tramps covered include New Zealand's best known Great Walks, such as the Milford Track, the Routeburn and the Tongariro Crossing, and many others from both islands, such as the Queen Charlotte Track, the Rees-Dart near Queenstown, and the Pinnacles Hut on the Coromandel. If you were to have one guide book on New Zealand tramping, this is the one to have.

    ISBN: 9781927213728
    Publication date: 14/12/2015
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Barnett, Shaun
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Whale Watching in Australian and New Zealand Waters
    Whale Watching in Australian and New Zealand Waters
    This beautifully illustrated book will guide you on a fascinating expedition into the world of whales and dolphins and is the essential reference book for all who want to fully experience and enjoy whale watching.

    ISBN: 9781925546064
    Publication date: 01/06/2017
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Gill, Peter
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.99
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