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Unspoiled regions possess quiet beauty and peace. No artificiality or crowds, all woods uncut. Colonel Townsend Whelen and Bradford Angier explain how to enter wild and unspoiled country, find your way through it and live there in comfort and safety.
A dictionary of New Zealand's edible native plants including not just trees and shrubs but also ferns, lichens, herbs, mushrooms and seaweeds! This book describes Māori methods of using and preparing native plants and warns of poisonous fare.
The key to an enjoyable and safe outdoor adventure lies in sound preparation and this handbook is an excellent starting point. Perfect for beginner trampers, it includes a wealth of practical and sensible advice.
A hands-on manual covering the knowledge and skills needed to travel and survive outdoors - whether you're heading out on a day's hike or a trek through the jungle!
Whether orienteering, building dens or making a house for a hedgehog, this guide is the ideal way for all the family to interact with wildlife and nature and find adventures in wild places.
This handbook, published by Mountain Safety Council New Zealand, is an excellent resource for novices and those with experience. See Mountain Safety Council New Zealand for great online resources.
This bumper book of survival skills covers the essentials: fire, shelter, water, knowing where you are and getting back to civilization and what to do in extreme situations.
This guide, published by the Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand, is an essential field guide on mountain safety for trampers, mountaineers and hunters in New Zealand.
Most people, even hardened backpackers, don't know how to build an adequate shelter! This primer teaches readers how to construct a wide range of life-saving shelters using the natural materials available.
A practical handbook on how to cope with extreme survival scenarios. Learn in-depth survival skills, including how to make hunting tools and natural cordage, flint-napping, essential pottery and basketry, trapping and fishing techniques.
Learn to use a map and compass correctly, navigate using the sun, moon and stars, and understanding natural navigational signs and weather patterns. This accessible guide provides a reference for anyone wishing to explore the back country.
Graeme and Don need little introduction to most New Zealand hunters. This guide covers basic safety knowledge, basic bush craft, hunting strategy and techniques, and modern aids to navigation and safety.
A classic 1979 guide to foraging in the New Zealand bush. Discover nibbles and bites, what NOT to eat (or touch), survival without a kit, information on puha, recipes, and haute cuisine from bygone days.
A huge range of interesting and lightweight food options that can be created with simple cooking techniques out in the field!
Read up on Māori forest lore, including te mauri o te whenua, paths and travelling, the myriad of food that can be obtained from the forest, uses for flax and bark, and many beautiful manu Māori (native birds).
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