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Friday 1 November 2013 10:14am

Rakiura National Park

Neville Peat

Peat Stewart Island cover imageThe book

Stewart Island is an increasingly popular holiday destination for eco-tourism and outdoor recreation, with many bush walks and a wealth of natural features to enjoy. Neville Peat introduces the attractions of the island – what to see and do, its walks and tramps, its national park, wildlife, history and magnificent scenery. This new edition is completely revised and redesigned, with brand-new maps.

Packed with useful information, and colourfully illustrated, Stewart Island is a guide and souvenir rolled into one. The book covers highlights, local flora and fauna, and something of the history of the island. There are numerous photographs of the stunning scenery and wildlife.

Stewart Island is best known as a haven for native birds, such as the kiwi, the weka and, on adjacent Codfish Island, the endangered kakapo. Along with the birdlife, Neville Peat also describes a number of other species – plants, insects, fish and lizards that are rare or unique to the island.

'... an excellent record of what makes the island special' – Gillian Vine, Southland Times

The author

NEVILLE PEAT has been visiting Stewart Island for recreation and research for more than 40 years. He is the author of two other books about the island: Stewart Island: The last refuge (1991) and Rakiura Heritage (2010). This book was originally published as Stewart Island: A Rakiura ramble in 2000. In 2007 Neville was awarded New Zealand's largest literary prize, the Creative New Zealand Michael King Writer's Fellowship, for a book about the Tasman Sea, which includes Foveaux Strait. He lives on the Otago Peninsula, Dunedin.
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Publication details

Paperback, 72 pages, full colour, ISBN 978 1 927322 35 2, $19.95


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