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WILD JOUR­NEYS by Bruce Ans­ley, HarperCollins

In 15 stand­alone chap­ters, Bruce Ans­ley goes on an ad­ven­ture through New Zealand, vis­it­ing places and sto­ries from the re­cent and more dis­tant past – the in­fa­mous es­capades of prison es­capee George Wilder, a hunt for a ghost bird in South West­land, a drive through the North Is­land’s Vol­canic Plateau at a time of heated ac­tiv­ity… a won­der­ful dip-into ad­di­tion to any hol­i­day read­ing col­lec­tion.

AJAX THE KEA DOG by Corey Mosen, Allen & Unwin

Work­ing dogs herd sheep, catch crim­i­nals, guide the blind, and find drugs at the air­port, but who knew they also help our con­ser­va­tion ef­forts? This is the story of Ajax, a kea de­tec­tion dog, who works with his trainer, Corey Mosen, in re­mote re­gions of our coun­try to sniff out the nests of the en­dan­gered bird so it can be mon­i­tored and pro­tected. A high-coun­try ad­ven­ture story, heart-warm­ing an­i­mal story and in­for­ma­tive na­ture story, with beau­ti­ful pho­tog­ra­phy, this will de­light all ages.

LET’S GET LOST by Ni­cola McCloy and Jane King, Pen­guin Ran­dom House

For the sum­mer road-trip­per, here’s a travel guide that heads off the beaten track to New Zealand’s lesser trav­elled routes. Cov­er­ing the length of the coun­try, writer Ni­cola McCloy pro­vides the route direc­tions, at­trac­tions and “lo­cal hero” sto­ries, with vis­ual en­tice­ment from Jane King’s pho­to­graphs. Whether it’s a day trip, a week­end away or a longer jour­ney, this will in­spire the trav­eller to de­tour from the main high­ways.

NEW ZEALAND’S GREAT WALKS by Paul and Shel­ley Hersey, Pen­guin Ran­dom House

Prepa­ra­tion ad­vice, route de­scrip­tions, maps and stun­ning pho­to­graphs of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks (which in­clude the likes of the Mil­ford Track, Hea­phy Track, Ton­gariro North­ern Cir­cuit and the Whanganui River jour­ney) make this a help­ful go-to guide for any­one con­tem­plat­ing a walk (or kayak) on our wild side. The au­thors, ex­pe­ri­enced out­door en­thu­si­asts Paul and Shel­ley Hersey, also pro­vide a bit of lo­cal his­tory, in­for­ma­tion about points of in­ter­est both on and off the tracks and con­ser­va­tion notes.

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