with photographs by Russell McGeorge
Reviewed by Rob Lahood
WHEN friends from abroad
come to New Zealand and ask me where to start to explore the country,
I've no hesitation in saying get out of the cities and visit the
small towns, explore the coast and hop over to some of our glorious
This book by our talented
garden writer Pamela McGeorge, and exquisitely photographed by her
husband, Russell, surpasses most scenic publications in its coverage
of some 130 islands from the Three Kings in the north to the Chatham's
to Stewart Island in the south.
It is a celebration of
our islands with a collection of more than 180 colour pictures and
a fascinating text that this reader couldn't put down over the holidays.
It is a journey of diverse beauty and a wonderful tale of the people
living in many different conditions and circumstances.
For me, pass on the new-world
cities and experience our islands.
Write the authors: "No
ruined Celtic castles record the legends of these islands; no timeless
whitewashed houses glitter ... But prehistoric lizards crawl across
their rocks, unique plants cling to their cliffs and when the Celts
were building their castles, Polynesians were establishing fragile
footholds on a few of these tiny islands. Make no mistake the story
of our islands is a long one."
Recommended with a warning;
you'll get itchy feet.
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH