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  • The Boaties Book 2024

  • The Beauty of Waiheke Island
  • New Zealand Pilot - NP51 2021 Ed
  • New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf. 5th Ed. 2017
  • New Zealand's Northland Coast. 4th Ed. 2023
  • Coastal Cruising Handbook, Eleventh Edition
  • Islands of the Gulf.
  • Hauturu
  • Tiritiri Matangi.A Visitors Illustrated Guide.
  • Waiheke Island
  • Columbia Cruises North
  • Aotea Great Barrier
  • Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve
  • Poor Knights Wonderland
  • Lonely Planet North Island NZ 6th Ed.
  • Greater Auckland Walks
  • Wild Auckland
  • Kid-Friendly Auckland. 2nd Edition
  • Worth a Detour - North island
  • Auckland & Bay of Islands Road Trips
  • Stories from Our Back Roads. North Island
  • Excellent Short Walks in the North Island

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    New Zealand Hydrographic Charts.

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    By Mclaren Media. 145mm x 210mm, 127 pages, 2024 Edition

    One Stop Shop for marine info. Everything you will ever need from VHF, marinas, clubs, key events, tides, fishing and marine services directory NZ wide.

    The 2024 Boaties Book is available free to customers instore.
    If you are wishing a copy to be sent, delivery charges will be applied.

    NZ$00.00 + delivery.

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    By Graeme Matthews. Hbk, 0.34 kgs, 218mm x 142mm, 128 pages, Full colour photographs. Published 2017.
    Graeme has captured the essence of this beautiful island in the Hauraki Gulf.
    From beaches and seascapes to headlands and bush. And from people and animals to boats and art.

    This is all you need to remember your trip to Waiheke Island.

    NZ$25.00 + delivery.

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    By UK Hydrographic Office. Hbk, 215mm x 305mm, 372 pages, colour photographs /Line drawings. 2021 Edition
    Admiralty Sailing Directions are intended for use by vessels of 12 m or more in length. They amplify charted detail and contain information needed for safe navigation which is not available from Admiralty charts, or other hydrographic publications.
    They are intended to be read in conjunction with the charts quoted in the text.

    This volume includes information on offshore and coastal waters around North and South Islands of New Zealand, Stewart Island and adjacent islands, Kermadec, Chatham, Bounty, Antipodes, Auckland and Campbell Islands.

    NZ$290.00 + delivery.

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    By David Thatcher. Hardcover, 297 mm X 210 mm, 232 pages, full colour photographs and charts. 5th Edition. November 2017.
    Auckland Harbour, The Hauraki Gulf, Coromandel Peninsula, Mercury Islands, Mercury Bay and Great Barrier Island.

    New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf is a chart-based cruising guide and includes full colour reproductions of the large scale official charts (LINZ) and Navy Leisure Series, for the Hauraki Gulf. This updated 2017 5th edition features extensive details of anchorages, marinas, offshore facilities, waypoints (GPS References), recreational opportunities, marine mammals and general cruising information for yachties and boaties.
    This 5th edition also features many new photographs and a general account of Auckland in relation to New Zealand for assisting overseas visitors.

    Chapters are formulated by region and cover the following:

  • Introduction - Radio Information, Weather Forcasts, Distress & Urgency, Using the Guide, Index of regions.
  • Region A. Auckland and Waitemata Harbour.
  • Region B. Auckland to Whangaparoa Peninsula, including Tiritiri Matangi Island.
  • Region C. Waiheke and Adjacent Islands.
  • Region D. Mahurangi Coast to Omaha Bay and Kawau Island.
  • Region E. Coromandel Peninsula, Mercury islands and Whitianga
  • Region F. Great Barrier island, including Hauturu (Little Barrier Island) and the Mokohinau Islands

    Author David Thatcher has cruised extensively in New Zealand and the South Pacific. He is the author of other marine guides, including New Zealand's Northland Coast and the South Pacific Cruising Guide.

    NZ$95.00 + delivery.

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    By David Thatcher. Hardcover, 297 mm X 210 mm, 216 pages, full colour photographs and charts.

    This Fourth Edition of New Zealand's Northland Coast has been updated 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 fourth 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.

    NZ$95.00 + Delivery.

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    COASTAL CRUISING HANDBOOK, Eleventh Edition. 2012. Hardback 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 Zealandís 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 is the eleventh edition, (2012) 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.

    NZ$85.00 + delivery.

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    By Shirley Maddock & Don Whyte. Hardback. 0.66 kgs, 296 pages, 160mm x 245mm, Black and White photos. Reprinted 2017

    The all-time classic telling of life in the 1960s Hauraki Gulf. First Published in 1966

    In 1964 trailblazing author Shirley Maddock and photographer Don Whyte made an extraordinary voyage around the Hauraki Gulf, documenting its people and places. This was a watershed moment in New Zealand history where New Zealanders were given the opportunity to see themselves, not just in the pages of this book but also on screen. It was a time when the way of life on the Gulf islands was a resourceful one, largely cut-off from the outside world. The best-selling and much loved Islands of the Gulf is a precious record of a bygone era, and an enchanting must-have for New Zealand households, baches and boats.

    Right on Auckland's doorstep, across 4000 square kilometres of ocean lie some 40 islands - more if you count the gannet perches. In the early 1960s Shirley Maddock joined Captain Fred Ladd, the pilot whose jaunty seaplanes served those isolated island communities, to film New Zealand's first (locally produced) documentary series, Islands of the Gulf, publishing a book of the same name. Maddock would visit everyone from farmers to gumdiggers, rangers to nurses, flying through the morning haze to the rugged battlements of Great Barrier and the dim, bluish mound of Little Barrier; over the top of North Head to the bone white tower of the light on Tiritiri Matangi; beyond to Kawau, east to Rakino and the little Noises; south-east to the long golden lengths of Waiheke and Ponui, and last to the clouded peaks of the Moehau Ranges; and nearer to the inner harbour islands of Motutapu and Motuihe, Brown's Island with its lopped-off crater and, at the entrance to the Gulf, the last great volcano, Rangitoto.

    This new 2017 edition is being published to coincide with the remake of Islands of the Gulf showing on TV ONE prime-time later this year with Shirley Maddock's daughter, actress and writer, Elisabeth Easther.

    NZ$45.00 + delivery.

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    HAUTURU. The History, Flora and Fauna of Te-Hauturu-o-Toi. Little Barrier Island
    By Ed. Lyn Wade and Dick Veitch. Flexicover. 1.10 kg 399 pages, 172mm x 245mm, Colour Photogrpahs. Graphs. Published 2019
    A richly illustrated account of the islandís diverse plants and animals, and the people behind this globally significant conservation success story.

    Rising to the highest point in the Hauraki Gulf, Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island stands sentinel over its rare and endangered birds, plants and animals. It is home to New Zealandís most diverse native bird and reptile communities, a prodigious number of seabirds and a vast array of invertebrate fauna.

    New Zealandís first nature reserve, it is also a global symbol of conservation success and innovation. The islandís story is not just of its animals and plants, but of people, too: of Ngati Manuhiri and Ngati Rehua, the tangata whenua, and of the rangers, researchers and volunteers whose efforts have inspired the conservation world.

    This book is a comprehensive account of the history and biodiversity of a very special place.

    NZ$60.00 + delivery.

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    By Ralph S. Von Kohorn. Hbk, 240mm X 155mm, 166 pages, monochrome drawings and plans.
    Published in 1979 it is dated, however this book is the only "all North Island" yachting level guide ever to be published in New Zealand. See also the companion book called Columbia Cruises South. Together the books made the only complete New Zealand cruising guide outside the British Admiralty New Zealand Pilot.
    Columbia was the author's motor cruiser and the book takes the reader on a cruise of exploration around the North Island. Everything from local lore and history to navigational and geographic details are described. The book is written in narrative style, telling of trips ahsore and gourmet meals in the galley!

    NZ$40.00 + Delivery.

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    By Chris Morton & Peter Malcouronne. Hardback, 2.22kg, 280mm x 350mm, 183 pages, Full colour photographs. Published 2018

    Rugged basalt bays on the west side, a mountainous interior and white-sand beaches on the east coast, serene one moment, savage the next - itís not for nothing the island is called Great Barrier.

    The book consists of five chapters Ė sea, beach, land, bush and the mountains. Each of these landscapes is explored through the eyes of 12 different locals, who describe a favourite part of the island and explain why it has special meaning for them. In the process, they capture the essence of a community that is unlike any other. Perhaps more than anywhere else in New Zealand, there is a determination to retain what it is that makes the Barrier special, and discovering, defining what that is, is the theme of this book.

    Created around Chris Mortonís spectacular and evocative photographs, and a thoughtful and authentic text from Peter Malcouronne, this is a unique and special book, a tribute to this ruggedly beautiful island and the community that love it.

    NZ$50.00 + delivery.

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    By Keith Hawkins. Softback, 0.74 kgs, 295mm x 210mm, 168 pages, full colour photographs. Line Drawings 2019.

    The Poor Knights Islands became the focus of a national campaign to protect a marine area during of that early 1970s `environmental era'' Regarded as having perhaps the most bio-diverse assemblage of marine organism in New Zealand, the community was unanimous in wanting it protected but there was disagreement over what form it should take. This led to community division and debate that extended for a further 27 years until it became a totally protected marine environment in 1998.

    The book begins with a little of the history of the islands and values of the surrounding marine area before moving to the core of the story - about the people and issues during the path to total protection. It provides tells of changes and management actions that have occurred. It contains the recollections of 20 `old timers', some 50 short interest stories, 100 photos and 10 maps.

    Provides lists of the people and organisation involved in the protection debate, reserve management, media coverage, legislative actions and the fish species recorded in the reserve.

    NZ$30.00 + Delivery

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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.

    NZ$25.00 + Delivery

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    By Brett Atkinson et al. Paperback, 0.41kg, 138mm x 217mm, 480 pages. 80 maps.
    Coverage Includes: Auckland, Bay of Islands & Northland, Waikato & the Coromandel Peninsula, Taupo & the Central Plateau, Rotorua & the Bay of Plenty, The East Coast, Wellington Region, Taranaki & Whanganui
    Inside This BookÖ

    Colour maps and images throughout

  • Highlights and itineraries
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews
  • Cultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - covering history, people, music, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, politics

    NZ$35.00 + delivery.

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    Over 200 scenic, historic and hidden walks across the Auckland region.
    By Peter Janssen. Paperback, 0.39kg, 148mm x 210mm, 228 pages. Published 2021, Colour Photographs

    For everyone who enjoys walking and learning about New Zealand's biggest city. This guide book includes over 200 enjoyable, scenic walks from right across the wider Auckland Region.

    These walks highlight the best of Auckland - from Warkworth to Waiuku, from the Wairakere Ranges to Waiheke Island.

    Two harbours, an active volcanic field below, the flora and the fauna, Auckland is blessed with an outstanding natural environment, just waiting to be explored...

    NZ$35.00 + delivery.

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    By Peter Janssen. Paperback, 0.44kg, 148mm x 210mm, 239 pages. Published 2017, Colour Photographs

    A guidebook for visitors and Aucklanders alike, Wild Auckland details 125 places of exceptional beauty and fascinating natural history which can be found in suburban streets and along country roads.

    Details of individual places, how to get there, the facilities available and Ďnature featuresí that can be identified along the way. The guide book has entries arranged according to geographic location, including two 8-page colour inserts with photos and captions which cross reference to page numbers and entries. It identifies unique flora and fauna, natural features of the lanscape and tips on where to go and what to see throughout the wider Auckland region.

    If you are looking for deserted beaches, lush ancient forests, extinct volcanoes and majestic harbour headlands then this is the book to include in your back pack. The accessible how-to and where-to guide....

    NZ$35.00 + delivery.

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    The Ultimate Family Guide Book.

    By Outdoor Kid. Paperback, 0.34kg, 150mm x 210mm, 162 pages. 2nd Edition Published 2020, Colour Images, Line Drawings

    Auckland is an amazing region to explore with kids. Clamber up volcanoes, squelch across tidal mudflats or jump on a ferry and zip across the harbour to the countryís youngest volcano, Rangitoto Island.
    This Updated (2020) guidebook has 100+ of the best crowd pleasing favourites to explore. From five minutes to a few hours...

  • Playgrounds
  • Buggy Friendly Walks
  • Bike Trails & Pump Tracks
  • Learn Te Reo Maori
  • Dog Friendly Walks
  • Nature Discovery Sheets
  • Easy inner-city adventures
  • Best Spots & Top trips

    NZ$25.00 + delivery.

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    By Peter Janssen. Paperback, 0.82kg, 150mm x 210mm, 384 pages. Published 2019.
    From Haweraís Elvis Museum and the Awauni landfill named after John Cleese, to the historic Gate Pa and stunning Pencarrow coastal trail, Worth a Detour travelsí New Zealandís North Island searching out 400 quirky destinations that are known to locals but are most often bypassed by visitors heading to better-known attractions.

    Avoid the tourist buses and stroll empty beaches, experience unusual sights and uncover the other side of New Zealandís history and landscapesuch as the Putopu bird in the Russell Museum, the Marakopa Falls in the Waikato, the Putangirua Pinnacles in the Wairarapa and so much more.

    NZ$40.00 + delivery

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    By Lonely Planet. Softback, 0.19kg, 130mm x 198mm, 127 pages. Photographs and Maps. Published 2016

    Covers: Auckland, Waiheke Island, Bay of Islands, Cape Reinga, Coromandel Peninsula, and more..

    Four amazing road trips, plus up-to-date advice on the destinations youíll visit along the way.

  • colour photography throughout
  • Itineraries and planning advice to pick the right tailored routes for your needs and interests
  • Get around easily - easy-to-read, full-colour route maps, detailed directions
  • Insider tips to get around like a local, avoid trouble spots and be safe on the road - local driving rules, parking, toll roads
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Useful features - including Detoursand Walking Tours

    NZ$25.00 + delivery

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    By Ray Stone. Softback, 0.96kg, 170mm x 240mm, 320 pages. Photographs and Maps. Published 2020

    This book is for people who enjoy driving and exploring the stories of our back roads, but most of all it is for people who love New Zealand, whether they choose to do it from behind the wheel of their SUV or the comfort of their sofa.

    Stories from our back Roads. the North Island introduces you to some fascinating stories of tracks, trails and back roads across the North Island. Many of them cross through forgotten parts of the country, and all of them have their own rich and exciting stories. Whether they follow the route of Maori foot trails or the path of early European settlers, each adds something to our history.

    Ray Stone has driven each of these tracks, and provides not only the story behind them, but also a vivid description of each route, notes on the markers to look out for along the way and maps.

    NZ$50.00 + delivery

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    By Peter Janssen. Paperback, 0.50kg, 148mm x 210mm, 304 pages. Updated & Revised Edition December 2021.

    Over 400 walks in under two hours.

    Grouped by region, and each can be accomplished within the span of a couple of hours (and some much less), putting them well within the grasp of most people. What's more, all of them have a memorable highlight as their destination, whether it's a spectacular feature of the natural landscape, an historic site or similar landmark, giving readers motivation to stretch their legs.
    The book is ideal for those walkers who are not at their peak level or fitness, those with children or like many visitors to New Zealand those who do not have full tramping kit to hand. Every walk includes a highlight, whether it's an historic landmark such as Kerikeri's Stone Store; a spectacular natural feature, such as the Craters of the Moon near Lake Taupo; or simply a great view, such as can be had from Makorori Point on East Cape or Wellington's Mt Victoria.Each walk includes: highlight(s) how to get there grade time and full track notes.

    NZ$40.00 + delivery.

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    New Zealand Hydrographic Charts.

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