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Birding New Zealand

Program Number: 17522RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/2/2015 - 3/20/2015; 10/26/2015 - 11/13/2015; 2/29/2016 - 3/18/2016;
Duration: 18 nights
Location: New Zealand
Price starting at: $4,895.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Birding
Meals: 45; 16 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 14 Lunches, 14 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

When the land mass that would become New Zealand broke off from the prehistoric supercontinent of Gondwana, it was home to no predatory mammals. For millennia its birds of the air and sea multiplied, evolved and flourished. Meet the results of this ideal environment: the famous Kiwi, a source of national pride; the critically endangered Kakapo, a unique nocturnal parrot; the beautiful gannets, seabirds whose very first flight takes them 1,500 miles to Australia; and countless more.


• Marvel at the endangered Takahç (or Notornis), a strange flightless bird believed to be extinct for 50 years until it was rediscovered.
• At the Miranda Shorebird Centre, learn about the incredible migration of the godwits to Alaska and back.
• Experience New Zealand’s amazing geographical diversity from mountain passes in the Southern Alps to pristine rainforests.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day, some uneven terrain.

So you can get the most out of your experience, all of our birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Auckland, 3 nights; coach to Miranda, 1 night; coach to Rotorua, 1 night; coach to Wellington, 3 nights; ferry to Picton; coach to Kaikoura, 3 nights; coach to Staveley, 3 nights; coach to Rangiora 2 nights; departure from Christchurch.

Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Cross International Date Line
1 night

Arrival Auckland (New Zealand)
3 nights

Join New Zealand conservation officers for an up-close look at the colony of gannets at Muriwai Beach. Hop the ferry to Tiritiri Matangi Island, a nature reserve where the air is filled with the songs of 78 native bird species, including the Little Spotted Kiwi, the forest-dwelling Kôkako and the Brown Teal duck.

Coach to Miranda
1 night
Coach to Rotorua
1 night
Coach to Wellington
3 nights

Learn about the beautiful shorebirds of the Firth of Thames with the director of the renowned Miranda Naturalists' Trust. Discover the history of the Mâori and see the haka dance performed at Te Puia’s Mâori Culture Center. In Wellington, visit the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, known for its unique pest-exclusion fence that keeps predators out to protect birds like the Toutouwai robin and the New Zealand Bellbird, famous for its morning singing.

Ferry to Picton
Coach to Kaikoura
3 nights

Ferry across Cook Strait to the South Island. Voyage into the rich waters off Kaikoura’s coast on a specialized vessel to search for the magnificent albatross, shearwaters and petrels. Visit a lavender farm to take in beautiful fields of purple.

Coach to Staveley
3 nights

At the base of the snowcapped Southern Alps, meet with a group of conservationists working to preserve this distinct environment. Visit breathtaking Arthur’s Pass National Park to look for native birds like the Kea, a rare alpine parrot.
Lodging: Comfortable private lodges.

Coach to Rangiora
2 nights
Coach to Christchurch Airport for Departure

Explore Rangiora, an attractive country town 40 minutes from Christchurch, on Canterbury Plains. Visit countryside and view bird species in wetland area and riverside bird-sites. Visit noted Antarctic Centre for lecture and to view exhibits.

New Zealand

English explorer Captain James Cook put New Zealand on the map when he sailed around the coast on the Endeavour in 1769. He not only mapped the area during his three voyages around the coast, but named landmarks, many of which still exist today. Dubbed the “land of the long white cloud” by the early Polynesian settlers, New Zealand’s predominately mountainous terrain and large coastal plains make it the perfect place for adventurous outdoor activity.

Auckland: Comfortable hotel in city center. Miranda: Comfortable motel. Rotorua: Hotel on Lake Rotorua. Wellington: Modern hotel in the heart of the city. Kaikoura: Inn surrounded by gardens. Staveley: Modern lodge. Rangiora: Comfortable motel.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Warren Jowett

Warren Jowett is a naturalist, a skilled photographer and an experienced environmental educator accredited by the New Zealand Department of Conservation. He has a degree in botany and biogeography and has taught of biology and ecology. Warren is extremely knowledgeable about New Zealand’s native flora and fauna and enjoys leading Road Scholar participants in nature study excursions. He is the founding president of the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education.
Keith Woodley

Dr. Keith Woodley is the director of the Miranda Shorebird Centre, a Ramsar Convention wetland of international importance. The centre is directed by the Miranda Naturalists Trust, a nongovernmental organization partner in the shorebird site network. Dr. Woodley was recently been prominently featured in a successful television program about the migratory birds of New Zealand.
Nigel Roberts

Professor Nigel Roberts is a senior faculty member of the political science department at Victoria University, Wellington. He is an authority on the political and electoral systems of New Zealand and Scandinavia, and has served as a regular television commentator on these topics. Nigel is widely regarded as the top political commentator in New Zealand, and since 1987 has served as the election-night commentator for Television New Zealand.
Gordon Ogilvie

Dr. Gordon Ogilvie is a leading biographer, historian and authority on the Province of Canterbury. His expertise on the early history of the Banks Peninsula has resulted in numerous books, while the biographies “The Riddle of Richard Pearse,” and “Denis Glover: A Life,” were finalists for the Wattie award and Montana award. Gordon received an M.A. in English from Victoria University, and is currently a prolific freelance journalist and member of the Historic Places Trust.
Meals and Lodgings
   New President
  Auckland, New Zealand 3 nights
   Rolleston Motel
  Miranda, New Zealand 1 night
   Sudima Hotel
  Rotorua, New Zealand 1 night
   Copthorne Hotel Wellington
  Wellington, New Zealand 3 nights
   Lobster Inn Motor Lodge
  Kaikoura, New Zealand 3 nights
   Mountain Beech Lodge
  Staveley, New Zealand 3 nights
   Lilybrook Motel
  Rangiora, New Zealand 2 nights
 New President
Type: Hotel
  Description: Central Location
  Contact info: 27 Victoria Street West
Auckland,   New Zealand
phone: +6493031333
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: NZ$ 125 subject to change Arrange thru Provider. Please contact by Email at:

 Rolleston Motel
Type: Motel
  Contact info: 105 Rolleston Street
Thames,   New Zealand
phone: +6478688091
  Smoking allowed: No

 Sudima Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 1000 Eruera Street
Rotorua,   New Zealand
phone: +6473481174
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Copthorne Hotel Wellington
Type: Hotel
  Description: On waterfront with stunning harbour and city views
  Contact info: 100 Oriental Parade
Wellington,  6040 New Zealand
phone: +64 4 3850279
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Lobster Inn Motor Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Contact info: State Highway 1
Kaikoura,   New Zealand
phone: +6433195743
  Smoking allowed: No

 Mountain Beech Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Contact info: R.D. 1 Methven
Stavely,   New Zealand
phone: +6433030800
  Smoking allowed: No

 Lilybrook Motel
Type: Motel
  Contact info: 60 Percival Street
Rangiora,   New Zealand
phone: +6433136142
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights after: NZ$100 per nt Rate subject to possible change To arrange please contact provider by Email at:

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
7 a.m. You will be staying at New President that night.
  End of Program:
5 p.m. You will be staying at Lilybrook Motel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Current Passport expiring more than 3 months after departure date
  Parking availability:
Not required- transport is by coach
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Auckland
  Nearest highway: Highway 1
  Nearest airport:  Auckland
  Transportation to site: Group transfer included in program cost for those who have purchased air through Road Scholar Travel Provider. (Alternative transport by shuttle would cost approx $NZ 40)
  From End of Program
  Location:  Rangiora
  Nearest airport:  Christchurch
  Transportation from site: Group transfer included in progream cost for those who have purchased air through Road Scholar Travel Provider. (Alternative transport by shuttle would cost approx $NZ 30)
Elevation Note: On 2 days there could be field trips with altitudes up to 4.000 ft for brief periods.

Equipment Requirements: Strong walking shoes (or boots) Walking sticks useful in some locations. Weatherproof clothing Binoculars
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(Monday, March 2)
 In Transit: In flight.

Day 2:
(Tuesday, March 3)
 In Transit: In flight.

Day 3: Visit Cornwall park and Mt. Eden. Lecture by Ornithologist
(Wednesday, March 4)
 Morning: Arrive Auckland Int. Airport. Coach to Cornwall Park Garden Restaurant. This is a delightful arboretum with both native and exotic tress where a number of bird species will be seen quite clearly.There will be good opportunities to view these on the short walk back to the coach after the meal..We will also enjoy a sort talk about the history of this park..
 Brunch: At Cornwall Park
 Afternoon: Coach to Mt.Eden for overview of City This is a great opportunity to view a vista of the country's largest city, which is set between two magnificent harbours. Coach to Hotel and check-in. Introductory Lecture (with power-point presentation) by a leading Ornithologist from the University. This is something which should not be missed..
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at Restaurant
Accommodations: New President
Meals Included: Brunch, Dinner

Day 4: Visit to Bird Sanctuary Island
(Thursday, March 5)
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Walk to ferry terminal (10 mins) Board ferry to Tiritiri Matangi Island (Bird Sanctuary) for all-day guided Field trip view native birds (some rare & endangered).This island, which is only a 60-minute trip from Auckland, is regarded by many as the highlight of this program as there are several species which you are unlikely to see elsewhere. It was planted in native trees by enthusiastic volunteers some 50 years ago and is largely run by docents. You will have a truly enjoyable experience there.
 Lunch: Packed lunch at visitor centre
 Afternoon: Free time to walk on Island. Meet at ferry terminal. Ferry to Auckland & walk to hotel
 Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.
Accommodations: New President
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: View on-shore Gannet Colony
(Friday, March 6)
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Coach to Muriwai Beach area for guided field Trip with Department of Conservation Officer to view on-shore Gannet colony. There are very few on-shore gannet colonies in the world and this is one of them. The viewing sites are very well placed and access paths are sited to bring participants really close to these magnifiicent birds. The coastal views from this area are also quite delightful.
 Lunch: At local cafe
 Afternoon: Coach to Dominion Museum for guided tour of Maori & Pacific Courts.The Maori exhibits at this museum are quite outstanding.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
Accommodations: New President
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Visit noted Shorebird Centre
(Saturday, March 7)
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: . Coach to Miranda Shorebird Centre. Introductory Lecture by Director & view exhibits. Miranda, on the Thames Estuary, is the principal viewing area in New Zealand wading ans shorebirds, many of these being migratory, particularly the Godwit, which flies from Alaska. As the colonies are sometimes at quite a distance, depending on the tides, several telescopes with tripods will be supplied.
 Lunch: Packed lunch at Visitor centre.
 Afternoon: Short coach trip & walk to Shorebird viewing area for guided field trip (schedule based on tidal situation) Coach to Motel & check-in.
 Dinner: At local restaurant
Accommodations: Rolleston Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Scenic coach trip to Rotorua
(Sunday, March 8)
 Breakfast: At motel cafe
 Morning: Board Coach for trip to Rotorua. This is a very popular centre for tourists as it is situate on the Volcanic Plateau and is the site of a large Lake and considerable geo-thermal activity, some of which is harnessed for electricity production. It is also the principal centre for Maori Culture, being the home of the Arawa Tribe.
 Lunch: At cafe en route
 Afternoon: Arrive Rotorua and check in to Hotel. Coach to Te Puia Maori Centre for Maori Cultural Performance & Lecture. Also guided tour of geothermal area.
 Dinner: At hotel
Accommodations: Sudima Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: View Shorebirds at Manawayu Estuary Coach to Wellington
(Monday, March 9)

Note: Short walk along paved pathway

 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Board coach for transfer to Wellington. Short stop at Birdng site en route (Manawatu River Estuary) (dependent on tides).where local birding entusiasts will guide us to view shore aand wading birds Arrive Wellington. Check-in to Hotel. Lecture on Political Systems & Economy of New a leading Political Scientist, who makes comparisons with those of the U.S.A.
 Lunch: At Taihape restaurant en route
 Afternoon: Short stop at Birdng site en route (dependent on tides). Arrive Wellington. Check-in to Hotel. Lecture on Political Systems & Economy of New Zealand.
 Dinner: At Hotel
Accommodations: Copthorne Hotel Wellington
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Guided tour of NZ Parliament Buildings
(Tuesday, March 10)
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Coach to Parliament Buildings for guided tour. Visit Old St Paul's Church & Te Papa Museum of New Zealand
 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: Free Time
 Dinner: Dinner own choice, to sample fare.
Accommodations: Copthorne Hotel Wellington
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10: Guided tour of Wildlife Centre viewing native birds
(Wednesday, March 11)
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Board coach to Karori Wildlife Centre for guided walk to view native forest and birds.This is a large area with a scenic lake and excellent viewing sites. The whole area is surrounded by predator-proof fencing to protect native bird-life,.
 Lunch: At Centre cafe
 Afternoon: View Botanical Gardens and Lady Norwood Rose Garden. Return to Hotel At the top of the Gardens there is a magnificent vista of a large part of the City and Harbour.
 Dinner: At Hotel
Accommodations: Copthorne Hotel Wellington
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Ferry trip to South Island via scenic Marlborough Sounds.
(Thursday, March 12)
 Breakfast: At Hotel
 Morning: Coach to Harbour Terminal to board ferry to South Island. Arrive Picton & board Coach to Kaikoura This is a delightful scenic trip. After the ferry crosses Cook Strait (between the two Islands) it enters the very attractive Marlborough Sounds, which are largely forested and a very popular holiday area. Arriving at Picton we board Coach for the short trip to Blenheim (the principal town in this province) followed by a 1 1/2 hour on to Kaikoura.
 Lunch: En route at Winery Restaurant
 Afternoon: Arrive at Kaikoura and check in to Accommodation at Motor Lodge. Kaikoura has a fascinating history as it was a very small. quiet seaside toen until about 30 years ago, when an enterprising person realised that it was the perfecr site for viewing the sperm whales which were in large numbers a short distance offshore. Since then the viewing industry has expanded to view dolphins and, more importantly, seabirds of many species..This industry has caused huge expansion to take place and the tourists are very well served by the well-trained personnel, most of whom are of indigenous (Maori) stock.
 Dinner: At Lodge Resturant
Accommodations: Lobster Inn Motor Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Guided off-shore launch trip to view pelagic birds.
(Friday, March 13)

Note: Walk along wellformed trail including some steps, along cliff top (approx. 4 km 1.5 hrs)

 Breakfast: At Lodge
 Morning: Board coach to South Bay Harbour- board Ocean Encounter Vessel for scheduled boat trip to view Seabirds. This is quite an amazing trip as we are able to see numerous specimens of the Albatross & Petrel families from just a few feet! We can almost touch them! It is not uncommon for the group to view twenty or more different species in the course of this trip.Return to Harbour and board coach for return to Kaikoura
 Lunch: At local Restaurant
 Afternoon: Walk on Peninsula track. This is one of the most scenic areas we visit in this program, as the majority of the trail is along a cliff with a magnificent outlook down to the rocky shore of the Pacific Ocean. The Coach returns us to the Lodge after this delightful walk.
 Dinner: At lodge restaurant.
Accommodations: Lobster Inn Motor Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Visit a local bush area with a local ornithologist
(Saturday, March 14)

Note: Walking over flat and sometimes uneven ground

 Breakfast: At Lodge
 Morning: Coach to inland site for walk in native bush area with local ornithologist, view forest birds.
 Lunch: Lunch at Irish Pub.
 Afternoon: Coach back to Kaikoura. Then FREE TIME.
 Dinner: With local residents at private lodge.
Accommodations: Lobster Inn Motor Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Coach to Staveley, in foothills of Southern Alps
(Sunday, March 15)
 Breakfast: At lodge.
 Morning: Board coach for trip to Staveley via Inland Scenic Route.This takes us inland, where we traverse a section of the Canterbury Plains (the largest area of flat land in New Zealand.) To the West lie the Southern Alps, which dominate the island like a backbone and contain some of the country's highest peaks. As we travel Southward, we cross two major rivers, the Waimakariri and the Rakaia to arrive at Staveley, a picturesque settlement at the foot of the forested hills. Here we settle in to our private lodge and meet our hosts..
 Lunch: Lunch at Cafe en route
 Afternoon: Continue journey- arrive at Staveley and check in to private lodge.
 Dinner: Dinner at lodge.
Accommodations: Mountain Beech Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Visit Canterbury High Country Braided Rivers and Lakes
(Monday, March 16)

Note: Walking over some uneven ground to access rivers and lakes to view birds

 Breakfast: At Lodge
 Morning: The highlights are to visit the Ashhburton River, a braided river and nesting habitat for the Wrybill - only bird in the world with a sideways bent bill. See the rare (in NZ) Australasian Crested Grebe in its natural habitat - Lake Heron and Lake Clearwater. The Ashhburton Lakes basin is also NZ Falcon country.
 Lunch: Packed lunch in the field.
 Afternoon: Return to Lodge
 Dinner: Dinner with local family.
Accommodations: Mountain Beech Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Vist Riverbridge Wetland Trust. Russell Langdon and his wife Velma have made a name for themselves establishing captive breeding programmes for some of the country’s endangered wildfowl.
(Tuesday, March 17)
 Breakfast: At lodge.
 Morning: Coach to Riverbridge. It is a privilege to see what one man has achieved in creating this private reserve and to see the Eastern Buff Weka roaming free in the habitat. He has also bred blue duck and has a captive breeding programme for banded rail. Red-crowned parakeets / kakariki are also raised and another cage contains the world’s only alpine parrot, the kea.
 Lunch: Packed lunch in the field.
 Afternoon: Return to Lodge
 Dinner: Dinner at lodge
Accommodations: Mountain Beech Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Visit Arthurs Pass National Park to view alpine and forest birds
(Wednesday, March 18)

Note: Walking on wellformed forest and alpine trails

 Breakfast: At Lodge
 Morning: Coach to Arthur's Pass for field trip to view alpine bird species including the Kea (New Zealand Mountain Parrot) The Hawdon Valley is home to some rare and endangered forest birds such as the yellowhead and orange fronted parakeet. There will be rifleman our smallest native bird
 Lunch: At local cafe
 Afternoon: Coach to Rangiora. Check in to Motel.
 Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant
Accommodations: Lilybrook Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: The Ashley Estuary is a special place and the best (the only) eastern river mouth estuary the group will visit visi
(Thursday, March 19)

Note: Walk along sandy riverbed edges

 Breakfast: At Motel
 Morning: Lecture and guided Field trip The Ashley river always has surprises - Birds to look for areTurnstone, 3 species of shag, kotuku/white heron, Black Stilt, Spoonbill .Waterfowl occurring in large numbers include Pied Stilt, Banded Dotterel, Back- billed Gull (a large colony of c.1,000 birds) and Black-fronted Tern. Migratory shorebirds from the northern hemisphere have included Pacific Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Asiatic Whimbrel, American Whimbrel, Little Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Red Knot, Pectoral Sandpiper, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and Red-necked Stint
 Lunch: Lunch- own choice
 Afternoon: Free Time
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner at restaurant.
Accommodations: Lilybrook Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 19: Visit to celebrated Antarctic Centre Departure
(Friday, March 20)
 Breakfast: At motel
 Morning: Coach to Antarctic Centre for lecture and view exhibits. Little blue penguins rehabilitation is on view
 Lunch: Lunch in Centre Cafe.
 Afternoon: Coach to Christchurch Airport for flight to U.S..A.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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.

Maori Tattooing

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.

Southern Exposure

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.

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