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Natural New Zealand: The Landscapes, Animals and Plants of Aotearoa is a celebration of this country's remarkable natural world. Crowded into the small islands of this isolated country is a wonderfully diverse range of landscapes – mountains, glaciers, volcanoes, fiords, lakes, rivers and thousands of kilometres of rugged coastline. These landscapes are home to a fascinating array of plants and animals that, through millions of years of isolation, have evolved in unique ways, resulting in rarities such as the flightless kiwi, the takahe and the tuatara, as well as the magnificent rainforest for which New Zealand is so well known.
In this new and comprehensively revised edition of Natural New Zealand, well-known writer and photographer Shaun Barnett has taken the original concept and greatly expanded it, using a series of short essays on the most important themes of New Zealand's natural history to give more substance to his stunning sequence of photographs. Natural New Zealand: The Landscapes, Animals and Plants of Aotearoa is a fantastic introduction to, and pictorial record of New Zealand's natural world, a perfect and accessible memento for anyone who has been touched by this country's extraordinary ecology.
Shaun Barnett has a passion for New Zealand's natural and wilderness places and a deep interest in conservation. He holds an Ecology degree from Massey University and a diploma in Parks & Recreation from Lincoln University. He works as a fulltime writer and photographer, and his books include the Montana Award-winning Classic Tramping in New Zealand (with Rob Brown), the bestselling Bird's Eye Guides Tramping in New Zealand, Day Walks in New Zealand, and North Island Weekend Tramps.