Books about the Southern Alps

New Zealand's Southern Alps provide a spectacular spine to the South Island separating the more popular East coast from the more rural land that slope away to the West. Crowned by Mount Cook / Aoraki which stands at 3764 metres in altitude, the Southern alps are a playground for those interested in outdoor adventure and mountain sports.

What more could you expect from the nation which effectively gave birth to modern bungy jumping? Too many the South Island and the Southern alps provide a paradise for adventure, from skydiving to snowboarding. As you would expect from any area of outstanding natural beauty the walking and climbing in the Southern Alps is extensive and varied.

  • If you are looking for the holiday of a lifetime, enjoying the freedom of the outdoor life New Zealand's Southern Alps can offer you everything you dream of. 
  • Wherever possible the book links below should lead to pages giving the option of Hardcover / Paperback / Kindle Edition

For evidence of the outdoor pedigree of this place you need look no further than the fact that the first man to climb Everest, Edmund Hillary, was a native of New Zealand and the Southern Alps is where he learnt the craft of mountaineering. 



hiking in new zealand
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The classic guide for anyone looking to go hiking or tramping in New Zealand's mountains.

Climbing New Zealand
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Comprehensive climbing / crag guide for anyone looking to go rock climbing in NZ.

Historical Accounts

Edmund Hillary
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Edmund Hillary's autobiography from his roots in New Zealand to the summit of Everest.

Hillary Biography
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Stand out biography of New Zealand's most famous climber and the first man up Everest.

Fitzgerald New Zealand Alps
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An early historical account of climbing in the Southern Alps, originally published in 1896.