Explore New Zealand Nature - A Natural History Road Trip - Brian Parkinson

Explore New Zealand Nature - A Natural History Road Trip - Brian Parkinson

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16 Road-trips right across New Zealand, exploring the best of what nature has to offer.


In Explore New Zealand Nature, naturalist and author Brian Parkinson follows the main highways and back country roads.  He stops off at New Zealand’s most spectacular locations.

The country’s isolation for millions of years means its flora and fauna are unique. Parkinson highlights forest birds, towering trees, glacial lakes and active volcanoes which make New Zealand special.  From isolated beaches and out on the water, he draws attention to the seabirds and mammals off New Zealand’s coast.

But this is not just a road trip exploring the country’s beauty spots.  Parkinson writes that ‘natural history is as much about history as it is about nature’.  He examines how New Zealand’s natural environment has dramatically changed since people first stepped ashore.

What we see today is the result of what happened in the past and all New Zealanders should explore the unique wildlife on our doorstep.  It’s just a road trip away.

Renowned naturalist, author and former broadcaster, Brian Parkinson is the author of many books including Field Guide to New Zealand Seabirds and The Photographic Guide to Insects of New Zealand.  Over a remarkable career Parkinson has discovered over 30 species around the world – quite a few named in his honour.  Brought up in the Bay of Plenty, Parkinson now lines in Auckland and has toued New Zealand extensively.

Note: Explore New Zealand Nature was originally published as “The Travelling Naturalist” in 1989, and has been out of print for many years. This title is completely updated.




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