Gods of the Stones retraces the steps of famed English travel writer H.V. Morton who undertook a series of journeys in the 1930s to the great religions and historical sites of the Middle East. Morton’s focus was the beginnings of Christianity, but he also observed the daily lives and traditions of the people he met along the way. The three boo.. More
It winds its way through the steamy jungle to the highlands, taking many unexpected twists and turns, narrowing in places and speeding up, spreading out in others and slowing to a walking pace — and that’s just the route that Gareth and Joanne Morgan take on their latest, epic motorcycling adventure, across the Amazon.
Climb aboa.. More
British journalist Mary King tells the story of how she and her Japanese partner Etsuko Shimabukuro walked 7,500 kilometres through Japan – from Hokkaido, way up north, to Yonagunijima, Okinawa, which is Japan’s most southwesterly island. Japan on Foot recounts the adventures during their odyssey and includes fascinating insights into Japanese l.. More
Everyone has a personal and individual Dream which involves their own interests, what they are looking for, and what they might find.
Faye dreamed of freedom. Freedom to follow her own agenda. Freedom to fulfil her wanderlust within the limits of a fixed income. Freedom from other people’s expectations.
What is your Dream?
Is it your Reality?
Explore the rich musical history behind the classic American songs of the 1950s and 1960s on this road tour of song titles with NZ journalist Karl du Fresne. Each chapter is devoted to a specific hit song and the town that inspired it, e.g., Twenty-four Hours from Tulsa, Show Me the Way to Amarillo, El Paso, Galveston, Ode to Billie-Joe (Tallahatch.. More
'Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.'
George Bernard Shaw
Determined to create their personal vision of paradise, Martin and Jenifer Thomas move far from their original home in New Zealand to a tiny village in the heart of the Italian countryside. Believing simply that anything is possible, they e.. More
Swallows’ Adventures in the Med shares the
stories of our adventures and exploration
in the Eastern Mediterranean, over four
summer seasons. We had long planned to
spend a while exploring the Med, and after
40+ years sailing and voyaging in other parts
of the world concluded the time had come!
We found that we enjoyed our earlier
voyages .. More
Fascinating, highly readable tales of travels in the troubled land of Afghanistan by award-winning New Zealand travel writer Ian Robinson.In 2008, Ian Robinson ventured into the hustle and bustle and dangers of the streets of many of Afghanistan's cities and towns, and also, alone on horseback, into the sparsely populated north-eastern regions of t.. More
Having always been what he calls, a ‘wannabe teacher’, Rob Harris saw his opportunity in late 2003.At the time, Rob’s New Zealand employer was going through a death spiral towards receivership. One morning, he saw a small newspaper ad with the intriguing title: ‘Teach English Overseas’. A short course later and a chance online meeting with a teache.. More
When John Summers moved to a small town in the Wairarapa and began to look closely at the less-celebrated aspects of local life – our club rooms, freezing works, night trains, hotel pubs, landfills – he saw something deeper. It was a story about his own life, but mostly about a place and its people. The story was about life and death in New Zealand.. More
In this second collection of his best published stories, Derek Grzelewski writes of his journeys through New Zealand. He discovers in these small islands a land very much like a continent in the diversity of its spaces and places, and the people who live, work and play there.Along the way, Grzelewski ranges across subjects as rich and varied as the.. More
While Dunedin's Baldwin Street is now recognised as the steepest street in the world, for much of its existence such recognition went elsewhere. The Guinness Book of Records used to regularly list Filbert Street and 22nd Street in San Francisco as the world's steepest streets, each with a maximum gradient over a short section of 1 in 3.17. That is,.. More
From the author of the universally acclaimed Trout Diaries (2011) comes a captivating new volume of fly-fishing adventures in New Zealand, artfully illustrated with ink and charcoal sketches. Join Derek Grzelewski as he explores the waters of his trout bohemia — both famous and deathly secret — and meet the passionate, expert anglers he encounters .. More
With disarming honesty and freshness, Derek Grzelewski has written a highly readable account of his year dedicated to fly-fishing in New Zealand, relating the highs and lows, and the intricacies and finesse, of pursuing trout in the wild places and pristine waters he loves so much. The thrill of close encounters with this elusive quarry is mirrored.. More
Irreverent, laugh-out-loud tales of living and travelling in India.Join award-winning writer Lisa Scott and her economist as they experience the absolute hell and pure joys of India. Trading the quiet back streets of Dunedin for the heat and chaos of Bangalore, southern India, Lisa tells their story in her own inimitable style. From simply survivin.. More
Through a land of contrasts - mountains and lowlands, deserts and glaciers, wealth and poverty, speakers of Spanish and us with our phrasebooks, tourist traps and lands that time forgot. Join Gareth and Joanne Morgan and their motorcycling companions as they travel to South America on the latest leg of their quest to ride the world by bike.