Exploring Aotearoa

Exploring Aotearoa

Short Walks to Reveal the Maori Landscape

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Take a short walk with this book and see the Maori landscape through fresh eyes. Maori culture has close ties with the landscape, in pa and early battle sites, and in myths and legends. From north to south, nearly 200 of the most accessible and memorable landmarks can be visited including volcanic summits, headlands, lakes and islands as well as pa sites, urupa (graveyards), and hunting and fishing grounds. Where relevant, the text provides a brief history of battlefields where fierce fighting erupted between tribes or between Maori and Pakeha. Exploring Aotearoa has been researched, walked and written by popular outdoorsman Peter Janssen; it extends his successful short walks book series, while also tapping into the growth and interest in Maori tourism. Every entry in the book is linked to a short walk that, in most cases, will be well within the scope of all age groups and fitness levels. Details of the grade, duration and directions for the walk complete the entry. All the walks are on well-maintained tracks with good signage and on public land. Most walks take 30
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : New Holland, 2012.
Branch Call Number: 993 JAN
Characteristics: 205 p., [16] p. of plates :,col. ill., maps ;,25 cm.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 205).

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ChristchurchLib Jul 11, 2013

Janssen acknowledges Māori mythology as the explanation for features of the landscape in this handy walkers guide. His introduction includes the discovery of Aotearoa, and the importance of the Pa in the context of Māori history and as a landscape feature. He uses well researched Māori myths and... Read More »


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ChristchurchLib Jul 11, 2013

Janssen acknowledges Māori mythology as the explanation for features of the landscape in this handy walkers guide. His introduction includes the discovery of Aotearoa, and the importance of the Pa in the context of Māori history and as a landscape feature. He uses well researched Māori myths and legends to add rich historical detail to our view of the surrounds on over 170 walks from the top to bottom of Aotearoa. For example, by giving us the origin and story of place names, or describing an historic event which took place in an area. Includes maps, photographs, glossary, English/Māori place names and a bibliography.

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