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  • Published: 31 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143572589
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $60.00

Merino Country

Stories from the Home of New Zealand's Hardiest Sheep


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The land of our hardiest, wildest and wooliest sheep breed, captured in all its spectacular beauty.

The land of our hardiest, wildest and wooliest sheep breed, captured in all its spectacular beauty.

From the towering peaks of the Inland Kaikoura Range in the north to the glacial waters of Lake Wakatipu in the south, this is a richly illustrated celebration of New Zealand’s most spectacular high country. It is also the story of our most revered sheep breed, and the families whose livelihoods depend on it thriving in this extreme yet mesmerising landscape.

Merino Country features: Mount Nicholas Station, Cecil Peak Station, Nine Mile Station, Dingleburn Station, Otematata Station, Glen Lyon Station, Lake Heron Station, Flock Hill Station, Muzzle Station and Muller Station.

  • Pub date: 31 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143572589
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $60.00

About the Authors

Paul Hersey

Dunedin-based author and photographer Paul Hersey has climbed, surfed, mountain-biked, kayaked or otherwise explored his way through most corners of New Zealand and many destinations overseas. Between adventures, he researches and writes articles for various magazines, including Alpinist, The Surfer’s Journal, New Zealand Geographic and North & South, and has authored several books, including Searching for Groundswell, High Misadventure, Our Mountains and Merino Country.

Derek Morrison

Derek Morrison was born into a farming family near Putaruru in 1974. While studying veterinary science at Massey University he discovered his two passions: photography and surfing. He began supplying images for New Zealand Surfing magazine and eventually took over the editorship. After a stint working in Sydney, in 2008 he moved to Dunedin to raise his young family and to start his company Adventure Media Group Ltd. He continues to contribute to a range of leading magazines as well as his surf, lifestyle and culture photo blog, Box of Light. He is married to Rachael and they have three children: Taya, Rewa and Keo.


Praise for Merino Country

“As a coffee table book, this ranks among the best. Couple that with great stories, lots of history and the undoubted stars of the publication, the merinos, and you have one heck of a publication. But Merino Country shouldn't just rest on your coffee table; it should be delved into regularly... The combination of author Paul Hersey and photographer Derek Morrison has produced an outstanding publication which provides an insight into just what makes New Zealand's hardiest sheep tick.”

Jacquie Webby, Oamaru Mail


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