Books about the outdoors to read indoors

Published on 09 May 2020

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Squashed Possums: Off the Beaten Track in New Zealand, Joanathan Tinsdale
Ten years after returning from the New Zealand outback, Jon receives a mysterious manuscript in the post. Narrated by Jon's former home, the lone caravan, Squashed Possums reveals what it's like to live in the wild through four seasons, including New Zealand's coldest winter in decades.

Straying from the flock, Alexander Elder

An illuminating road trip through the history, life, and attractions of one of the most beautiful countries in the southern hemisphere
The beauty and grandeur of New Zealand has captured the imagination of movie-goers over the past couple of years, and the country is a dream destination for many around the world. Straying from the Flock is an intimate and personal account of one passionate traveller's visit to this incredible country, its mountains and beaches, fjords, rainforests, vineyards, and hidden eateries.

Love letters to the landscape : 54 notable New Zealanders write about the places in their hearts, edited by Paul Little

Everyone has a place with which they feel a special connection - a place in the heart. For some it's a significant site from childhood, for others it's a place they've discovered late in life. In this beautifully presented book, more than 50 well-known New Zealanders tell us about the places that mean something to them. From Cape Reinga to Stewart Island, from a suburban backyard to the ocean itself, it's an often moving, sometimes funny and always joyful celebration of our land and people.

The Comfort of water: a river pilgrimage, Maya Ward
This is the joyful yet heartbreaking true story of four friends who walk a 21- day pilgrimage from the sea to the source of Melbourne's Yarra River. There is no path for most of the way, but offers of campsites and boats, and free access to private lands, illustrates the generosity shown to pilgrims even in modern times.

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders, Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton
It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.

Adventures with Ari: a puppy, a leash & our year outdoors, Kathryn Miles
In Adventures with Ari, Kathryn Miles adopts Ari, an exotic Jindo dog, the two of them begin to explore the outdoors together. A dog sees the world quite differently from a person. For starters, he or she is much closer to the ground—to what we've been trying to preserve more and more of these days.

The girl outdoors: the wild girl's guide to adventure, travel and wellbeing, Sian Anna Lewis
An adventurous best mate in book form, The Girl Outdoors offers up support and knowledge and empowers the reader, whether she's thinking about cycling the length of Vietnam or just needs some help fixing her bike. 













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