Suggested Reading List
A Personal Kiwi-Yankee Dictionary
Author: Louis Leland
Description: Take this book with you on your trip to help you untangle the sometimes perplexing and colorful local idioms.
A Traveller's History of New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands
Author: John Chambers
Description: A brisk portrait of New Zealand, and its culture, economy and society, this concise history also covers the settlement of the Pacific Islands.
Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All
Author: Christina Thompson
Description: In this endearing, offbeat memoir, anthropologist 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.
Author: Samuel Butler, Peter Mudford (Introduction)
Description: 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.
Eyewitness Guide New Zealand
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: This superb illustrated guide features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region overview of attractions.
Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance
Author: Lloyd Jones
Description: Dancing between New Zealand and Buenos Aires and ranging over decades, tango is the leitmotif of this earlier novel by Lloyd Jones, published here for the first time, author of Mister Pip. Like Mr. Pip, this compact, seductive novel concerns the power of storytelling.
Making Peoples, A History of the New Zealanders from Polynesian Settlement to the End of the Nineteenth Century
Author: James Belich
Description: A social history of the Maori from pre-contact to the late 19th century. With its wide, yet detailed focus, this book gives the reader a glimpse into the social forces that have formed the Maori, including the tremendous impact of colonization.
Author: H.G. Robley
Description: 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 Map
Author: National Geographic
Description: This handy, double-sided map includes an index and insets of the Sub-Antarctic islands.
New Zealand Through Time, An Illustrated Journey Through 83 Million Years of Natural History
Author: Ronald Cometti
Description: Step back in time in this illustrated miscellany, featuring dozens of full-color paintings of giant moa, mixosaurus, and other splendid extinct creatures.
New Zealand Wildlife
Author: Julian Fitter
Description: Julian Fitter's splendid introduction to the nature and wildlife of New Zealand features succinct chapters on geography and geology, history, habitats and wildlife, along with hundreds of color photographs.
New Zealand, A Natural History
Author: Tui De Roy, Mark Jones
Description: Having relocated many years ago to the beaches of Golden Bay on the North Island, Tui and Mark present the wildlife, habitats and splendor of their homeland in this photographic celebration.
Once Were Warriors
Author: Alan Duff
Description: 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.
Presenting New Zealand, An Illustrated History
Author: Philip Temple
Description: Organized from North to South, this oversized paperback, featuring large, full-color archival illustrations on every page, is a profile of the island nation, its history, people and nature.
Slipping Into Paradise, Why I Live in New Zealand
Author: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Description: 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.
Author: Chris Duff
Description: Subtitled "A Solo Sea Kayaking Journey Around New Zealand's South Island."
Author: Katherine Mansfield
Description: The three marvelous, long stories in this collection constitute the beginnings of a novel based on Mansfield's childhood in Wellington.
The Bone People
Author: Keri Hulme
Description: Set on the South Island, this powerful novel brings together three troubled individuals who represent Maori and European traditions in contemporary New Zealand.
The Earth Machine, The Science of a Dynamic Planet
Author: James D. Webster, Edmond A. Mathez
Description: An informative, illustrated overview of the earth and its fiery origins by curators of the American Museum of Natural History's Hall of Planet Earth.
The Future Eaters, An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People
Author: Tim F. Flannery
Description: An engaging ecological history of Australasia, focusing on human impact on local environments and animal populations in the recent geologic past.
The Hand Guide to the Birds of New Zealand
Author: Barrie Heather
Description: The revised compact edition of the classic field guide, featuring 74 color plates by Derek Onley.
The Happy Isles of Oceania
Author: Paul Theroux
Description: 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.