Places

Guide to paradise isle

February 8, 2016
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Guide to paradise isle

Ulva Island: A Visitor’s Guide, by Ulva Goodwillie (Craig Print, RRP $39): There’s no doubt we live in a beautiful part of the world, but even a born-and-bred Southlander like me can be taken aback at times by just how beautiful it is. Drive for 20 minutes or so in any direction and you’ll...

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Exploring NZ at ground level

September 25, 2015
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Exploring NZ at ground level

Wild About New Zealand: A Guide to our National Parks, by Gus Roxburgh with Matt Philip and Peter Hayden; photographs by Jason Hosking (Random House NZ, RRP $55): This comprehensive guide is based on the Natural History New Zealand-produced TV series of the same name, that was made to celebrate the 125th anniversary of...

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French idioms … and bidets

April 8, 2015
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French idioms … and bidets

The Eat Horses Don’t They? The Truth About the French by Piu Marie Eatwell (HarperCollins, RRP $37): Have you ever wondered what life in France is really like? Is it all garlic and fabulousness? Berets and croissants? What do they do with bidets? Do they really eat horses? In this quirky little book, Piu Marie Eatwell reveals the truth behinds 45 myths about France and its citizens. The...

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Must-do list a surefire holiday boredom-buster

February 16, 2015
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Must-do list a surefire holiday boredom-buster

Explore New Zealand: 101 Must-Do’s for Kiwis, compiled by AA (Random House NZ, RRP $45): The school holidays are now all but over, with the young ‘uns heading back to class on Monday, so maybe it’s time to start some pro-active planning for the next break. And with that next break being the biggie...

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Spectacular NZ

December 1, 2014
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Spectacular NZ

Landscape Paintings of New Zealand: A Journey from North to South, by Christopher Johnstone (Random House, RRP $75): Seven years after first being published, this expanded and revised edition was back in the bookstores just in time for an appearance under last year’s Christmas tree, and this year it’s still a fine option for...

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Short, but perfectly formed

November 1, 2014
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Short, but perfectly formed

A Short History of New Zealand, by Gordon McLauchlan (Bateman, RRP $30): Being a relatively young nation, our history is naturally a tad shorter that that of some of the other countries on this planet but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a story worth telling. In this new edition of the best-selling Short History...

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It’s our place … and it’s beautiful

September 23, 2014
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It’s our place … and it’s beautiful

Coast A New Zealand Journey, by Bruce Ansley and Jane Ussher (Godwit, RRP $75): Kiwi writer Bruce Ansley has followed up his tribute to the legendary Mesopotamia high country station with another collaborative celebration of New Zealand’s beauty. This time Ansley has teamed up with photographer Jane Ussher to the the story of our...

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Braunias explores heartland and margins

March 25, 2014
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Braunias explores heartland and margins

Civilisation: Twenty Places on the Edge of the World, by Steve Braunias (Awa Press, RRP $36): Steve Braunias is a master of biting satire, so if you are looking for a friendly little travelogue highlighting the awesomeness of various locale, you might you might want to look elsewhere. However, if you want a read...

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Part of Kiwi outdoor life

January 16, 2014
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Part of Kiwi outdoor life

Shelter from the Storm: The Story of NZ’s Backcountry Huts, by Shaun Barnett, Rob Brown and Geoff Spearpoint (Craig Potton, RRP $80): New Zealanders are rather fond of their huts and this books shows why. Our backcountry huts are so very much a part of the Kiwi outdoors life, with a diverse network of...

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Beauty in moonlight

November 3, 2013
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Beauty in moonlight

Night Visions: Reflections for the Moonlight Hours, by Barney Brewster (brewster.co.nz, RRP $45): There are plenty of books out there with photographs of our beautiful country but photographer Barney Brewster wants to highlight the often overlooked beauty of moonlight rather than sunlight. Night Visions offers a fresh and rarely seen perspective on the New...

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