New Zealand Cruising Guides. Page one.


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  • The Story of the Hauraki Gulf
  • New Zealand's Northland Coast. 3rd Ed. 2016
  • New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf
  • Hauraki Gulf
  • William Owen's Hauraki Gulf
  • Coastal Cruising Handbook, Eleventh Edition
  • To The Islands
  • Natural History of Rangitoto Island
  • Great Barrier Island
  • Great Barrier Island Fishing and Cruising Handbook
  • Poor Knights Wonderland
  • Recreational Boating Guides

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    By Raewyn Peart. Hardback, 300mm x 245mm x 37mm. 2.36 kgs. 368 pages, full colour photographs. Published September 2016
    An environmental, social and cultural history of the Hauraki Gulf.

    'The Story of the Hauraki Gulf' encompasses the 1.4 million hectares of marine space that comprises the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. This includes over 50 islands, including Great Barrier and Great Mercury Islands, the entire east coast of Auckland, both coasts of the Coromandel Peninsula and the Firth of Thames. The author visited numerous places within this vast and incredibly diverse area and interviewed over 60 people, whose lives have intersected with the Gulf in various ways - from local Iwi leaders, to men and women making a living from the area, to those enjoying the sailing, fishing and diving, and to the environmentalists who work tirelessly to preserve and protects and restore our natural heritage.

    These stories are woven into a narrative of discovery and settlement, transformation (both land and sea) and scientific research and restoration. Over 300 photographs, historic and contemporary, and specially commissioned maps accompany the text.

    This is a beautiful tribute to a stunning part of New Zealand, and one that we should all have on our shelves. (And one we should send to our friends)

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    NEW ZEALAND'S NORTHLAND COAST 3rd edition. Published December 2016
    By David Thatcher. Hardcover, 297 mm X 210 mm, 216 pages, full colour photographs and charts.

    This third Edition of New Zealand's Northland Coast has been updated (2016) and provides full colour reproductions of large scale charts for the region Northland to Whangarei to Cape Reinga, including the Bay of Islands, Whangaroa and the Three Kings Island. Over 100 nautical miles of coastline are covered, including rocky foreshores, majestic capes, sheltered harbours and gulfs and the many endless miles of white sandy beaches.

    Includes GPS reference points, details and photographs of anchorages, recreational opportunities and general information for cruisers. The chart reproductions include the LINZ official charts, and marinas and other plans.

    This is the third edition of this Cruising Guide, which was first published in 2000.

    David Thatcher has cruised extensively in New Zealand and the South Pacific as a commercial skipper, and for pleasure. He is the author of other marine guides, including New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf and the South Pacific Cruising Guide.

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    NEW ZEALAND'S HAURAKI GULF (This is the 4th edition. Previously titled - Hauraki Gulf Boaties Atlas).
    By David Thatcher. Hardcover, 297 mm X 210 mm, 212 pages, full colour photographs and charts.

    This very comprehensive chart-book and guide is now in its fourth edition and differs from all earlier editions in scope, content and presentation. The book is the new, re-titled edition of the Hauraki Gulf Boating Atlas by the same author.

    With overseas cruising visitors in mind, this edition begins with an introduction to New Zealand and the Gulf area in particular, including a brief description of port entry from overseas. The guide divides the Hauraki Gulf and extensions east of the Coromandel Peninsula to Mercury Bay and Whitianga into 5 regions, with each having an introduction for visiting lovers-of-the-sea, be they locals, or cruisers here for the first time.

    Each region contains full-colour reproductions of sections of the official, large scale LINZ charts, showing the bays and coasts. In this edition all the available charts for the Waitemata Harbour and Tamaki River are included and double-page layouts for areas such as the Broken Islands Passage at Great Barrier, the Rangitoto Channel, Kawau Bay, and other areas which benefit from a larger scale presentation.

    The author provides an excellent and informative narrative from his experiences within each region. Many full colour photographs are provided to assist navigation and the selection of places to cruise, and also to describe some of the history and general interest.

    GPS reference points are tabulated with matching chart icons. An introductory section gives the radio VHF channels for stations in the Gulf area and details for obtaining weather information, for which the Gulf is particularly well served in New Zealand. The book is well indexed both by subject and also by GPS references.

    In the Gulf area, ‘New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf’ is unmatched as a functional cruising guide and as a very attractive addition to the personal library.

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    By Ian D. Robinson. Paperback, 230mm x 258mm, 144 pages, full colour photographs.
    For many Aucklanders the Hauraki Gulf is 'that place out there', those islands we glance at as we race across the harbour bridge or along Tamaki Drive, always on our way to somewhere else. This was true, too, for author Ian Robinson, until he set out to discover the places and people whose stories are told in this book.
    The Hauraki Gulf that Ian reveals is a world of diverse histories, peoples, landscapes, flora and fauna and much more besides. The impressive commitment from so many people to the restoration and preservation of the unique features and qualities of this special place is also evident.
    Ian Robinson skirts the mainland fringes of the gulf - from Goat Island, through Auckland City and round to Kawakawa Bay - then heads out to the islands of Rangitoto, Motutapu, Rakino and Waiheke, and the little islands in-between. From there he explores Great Barrier, the guardian of the gulf, which hunkers low on the horizon, and finally, to renowned conservation jewels, Tiritiri Matangi and Little Barrier Island.
    The waters of the gulf and the many islands that make up the Hauraki Gulf Marine park are a treasure waiting to be discovered.

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    WILLIAM OWEN'S HAURAKI GULF, 4th Edition 2010
    A Fishing and Cruising Guide. By Revised & Updated by Penny Owen. Softcover, 0.65 kg. 150 mm X 230 mm, 280 pages. Black & White images and line drawings.
    Contains all the information on anchorages and harbours, detail about seamanship, boat safety and fishing, as well as anecdotes and seafarer's lore. This Fourth edition (First published 1983) has been revised and updated by Penny Owen (William's daughter).

    A classic, and timeless book.

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    COASTAL CRUISING HANDBOOK, Eleventh Edition. 2012. Paperback Edition.
    By Royal Akarana Yacht Club. Hardcover. 312 pages, 160mm x 230mm, black and white diagrams.
    The Coastal Cruising Handbook is a comprehensive cruising guide to New Zealand’s coast and off-lying islands from North Cape to East Cape. Since the first edition was published in 1972, steady demand has indicated that this publication fills a very real need for the navigator in North Island waters.

    This eleventh edition, while remaining true to the spirit of the original and the intentions of the founding editors, has been extensively revised to take into account recent changes to buoyage and marine developments.

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    By Kerry Howe, Softcover. 152mm x 230mm, 232 pages, Line Drawings. Published 2016.
    Insightful, quirky, poignant, cheeky,thoughtful, amusing, lyrical and highly informed...This book, a series of essays, is an intriguing account of nature, culture, history and politics in the Hauraki Gulf Islands from the time of first human settletment until today.

    Acute observations of all the Islands and rocks of the Gulf, interspersed with personal reminiscences, the book is laced with personal anecdotes, sailing and cruising experiences and myriad maritime matters.

    Running throughout the many and fascinating chapters are key themes of Maori and Pakeha use of the Islands, their historical interaction, and more recent attempts at cultural restitution, environmental restoration and wildlife preservation.

    For lovers of the sea, of boats, of islands and of history, this is a book which will appeal to a cross section of New Zealanders everywhere.

    Author Kerry Howe has spent his career writing internationally acclaimed books about Pacific/Polynesian/New Zealand History. Now an Emeritus Professor, meandering in a 50 year old wooden yacht (Townson 30), he reflects in this book on his lifelong engagement with the Hauraki Gulf islands.

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    By Mike Wilcox (Editor), Softback, 190mm x 250mm, 192 pages, full colour photographs.
    From the Auckland Botanical Society, an illustrated account of Rangitoto Island, covering flowering plants, conifers, ferns and fern allies, mosses, liverworts, lichens, fungi and algae – including species lists, along with chapters covering geology, history and animal life.

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    Edited by Don Armitage. Pbk, 170mm x 240mm, 192 Pages, colour and monochrome photographs, maps and sketches.
    At last an excellent guide to this beautiful, outermost island of the Hauraki Gulf with individual chapters covering the history, geology, ecosystems, flora, land and freshwater invertebrates, reptiles and frogs, marine and freshwater life, birds, and managing the resource, written by contributing experts.
    Great Barrier is comparatively undeveloped and free from many of the animal pests that have taken their toll elsewhere in New Zealand. As a result there is a superb natural landscape, a high number of rare native plants and animals and numerous well preserved historic sites. This book is a delight to read, profusely illustrated in colour and will become an essential handbook for all visitors to the island.

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    ByNicolette Belton. Paperback, 148mm x 210mm, 128 pages, 4th Edition 2014. Colour and Black & white photographs.

    This is the most up-to-date fishing and cruising guide for Great Barrier Island, including Cuvier and Mokohinau Islands. It provides anchorages, harbours and holding information which is vital for enjoyable cruising.

    For those wanting time on land, it is also an extensive guide to the numerous activities, accommodation, restaurants, annual events and Island tours. There are numerous photos and a section on the Island's history.

    Written by Nicolette Belton who has enjoyed 26 years experience of cruising the waters, travelling over, and around, the Island and the coast. This guide will provide first-hand knowledge and guidance to all things Barrier, whether it be fishing, cruising,diving, exploring or just sight seeing.

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    POOR KNIGHTS WONDERLAND, Field Guide To The Islands and Marine Reserve.
    By Glen Edney. Pbk, 0.15 kgs, 148mm x 210mm, 64 pages, full colour photographs, of superior quality compared to the 1st edition, and maps. Published 2010 (2nd edition).
    This beautiful little book is an addition to the growing number of guides to what I have come to call New Zealand's Best Kept Secrets. These include The Singing Island describing Tiritirimatangi, and the books on Goat Island, White Island and others. Some of them are not generally available through local bookshops and tend to be published by the authors or concerned governing authority.
    This book describes in detail the plant, animal, bird and fish life which abound in this unique habitat. It also gives a geological description and history of the islands, which have been separated from the mainland of New Zealand's North Island for two million years.

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    RECREATIONAL BOATING GUIDES, Auckland, Waiheke, Coromandel, 2nd Edition, 6 detailed maps.
    By David Bateman. Source data from Royal New Zealand Navy and New Zealand Coastguard. Pbk, metal spiral bound, 300mm x 380mm, full colour charts.
    These are an alternative to the Leisure Charts above, and are the same material presented in a smaller, spiral bound format, approximately A3 in size. They are packed in a heavy gauge, clear plastic wallet and are designed for small craft where the chart may well be perched on the lap rather than on a small table. It has to be said that they are very good value for money, since the hydrographic data is sourced from the same authority as the official charts and the leisure series above.
    As well as the charts there are limited sailing directions, plus walks, marina layout and supplies, and fishing spots.
    For the "tinny" sailor they are ideal.

    Recreational Boating Guide - Auckland to Kawau Island, 2nd revised Edition, 8 detailed maps.

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    Recreational Boating Guide - Auckland, Waiheke, Coromandel, 2nd Edition, 6 detailed maps.

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    Recreational Boating Guide - Bay of Islands, 6 detailed maps.

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    Recreational Boating Guide - Great Barrier to Mercury Islands, 8 detailed maps.

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    Recreational Boating Guide - Wellington and Paremata to Picton.

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