Author(s): Rob Suisted
Holding a special place in the hearts and minds of New Zealanders, the dramatic scenery found in our high country also attracts visitors from around the world. In the sixth title in his compact-format pictorial series, leading photographer Rob Suisted showcases the landscape, wildlife and lifestyle of this visually stunning area. The terrain is challenging and varied, from the central volcanic region of the North Island and, across Cook Strait, from Marlborough down to Southland. High peaks and icy glaciers give way to fertile river valleys and tussock grassland; the landscape supports a diverse array of alpine flora and fauna and is made up of wilderness areas and farmland. Increasingly, vast tracts of the high country are being protected in parks, which inspire visitors, writers, filmmakers and adventure-seekers alike. With well-researched introductions and descriptive captions that reference the natural history and current land use of the area, Alison Dench's text adds context and depth to Rob Suisted's evocative photographs.
Wellington-based photographer and conservationist Rob Suisted combines his passion for wildlife and magnificent scenery with a successful photographic library. His photography appears in Molesworth: Stories from New Zealand's largest high-country station written by Harry Broad. His images are well known throughout New Zealand and have appeared in calendars, books and magazines. He is the author of 14 books published with New Holland including the large hardback Majestic New Zealand, and this title is the sixth in the successful square pictorial series. Alison Dench is a skilled researcher, who writes, edits and designs books. She has written several books for New Holland, including Museums of New Zealand, Walking the Waitakere Ranges with Lee-Anne Parore and the text for two earlier titles in this pictorial series, Birds of New Zealand and National Parks of New Zealand. Alison lives in Arrowtown, in the South Island.