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A journey to New Zealand's most fascinating, wild and isolated islands.

A journey to New Zealand's most fascinating, wild and isolated islands.

Following on from their non-fiction book-of-the-year winning Coast, this is the next epic journey from writer Bruce Ansley and photographer Jane Ussher.

New Zealand is surrounded by hundreds of islands, mainly remnants of a larger land mass now beneath the sea. Some are idyllic retreats; others have poignant histories of castaways, prisons and leper colonies. Some have become sanctuaries, safe from destructive predators; some are farmed by fifth and sixth generations of the same family; others are isolated outposts, barely sustaining life at all; while some are hidden where you’d least expect...

Islands featured: Cavalli Islands, Bay of Islands; Great Barrier, Little Barrier, Arid; Puketutu, Pakatoa, The Noises, Rabbit Island; Waiheke, Kawau; Rangitoto, Rakino, Rotoroa, Motuihe; Great Mercury, Slipper, Motiti, White Island; Somes, Mana, Kapiti, Motuopuhi; Arapawa, Motuara, D'Urville, Hauwai; Browne's, Ripapa, Quail, Quarantine; Dog Island, Titi Islands.

Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    October 31, 2016

    RHNZ Godwit

    384 pages

    RRP $80.00

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    • Fishpond
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Also by Bruce Ansley

Wild Roads
Gods And Little Fishes
A Long Slow Affair of the Heart


The Road to Little Dribbling
Ned Kelly
The Fatal Shore
The Map That Leads To You
Australian Desperadoes
Without Reservations
Far and Away
Wild Roads
The Coast
Healing Our History 3rd Edition
America Unchained
The Cleaner
The Captive Wife
The Penguin History of New Zealand
Long Road from Jarrow
Agitate, Educate, Organise, Legislate
Histories of Controversy
The Marches
Africa Solo
A Sky Full of Birds