The Smallest Continent: Journeys Through New Zealand Landscapes
In this second collection of his best published stories, Derek Grzelewski writes of his journeys through New Zealand. He discovers in these small islands a land very much like a continent in the diversity of its spaces and places, and the people who live, work and play there. Along the way, Grzelewski ranges across subjects as rich and varied as the landscape itself. There are stories of the people who shaped the country, of stargazing in the clear night skies of the Mackenzie Country, of flying remote mail routes or hunting for gold in the back country. You will also shape clay with potters, cycle forest trails, sled with snow dogs, swim with dolphins, wonder at whales; and this is just a glimpse of what's here in our country, this 'smallest continent'.
Derek Grzelewski's first major magazine assignment, about New Zealand glaciers, was in 1993 and involved climbing Aoraki/Mt Cook. Since then, he has been a prolific contributor to top-end magazines like New Zealand Geographic, Australian Geographic, Smithsonian and GEO, specialising in adventure travel and natural history. He is the author of Going to Extremes, and in his other life, is also a professional fly-fishing guide. His books The Trout Diaries and The Trout Bohemia have been globally acclaimed to be among the finest in their genre. He lives in an off-the-grid cabin on the bank of the Clutha River. You'll find him at www.DerekGrzelewski.com