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West Coast Walking: a Naturalist's Guide
 

West Coast Walking: a Naturalist's Guide (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Wilson, Kerry-Jayne

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The West Coast of New Zealand's South Island arguably boasts the greatest range of the country's natural attractions. From the warm, temperate nikau palm forests at Karamea to the cool beech forests of Haast, from the alpine heights of Arthur's Pass to the dramatic Paparoa coast,... glaciers that descend into valleys filled with unique podocarp rainforests, plus pristine lakes and lagoons - the West Coast has it all. New Zealand is a centre of endemicity, with over 80% of our native non-marine birds, reptiles, flowering plants, gymnosperms, land-snails and insects restricted to this country, and hundreds of those species are found on the West Coast. The Coast is an essential destination for any overseas naturalist or bird-watcher, and a place New Zealanders interested in nature should return to time and again. This remote part of the country is New Zealand as tourists and many Kiwis imagine it to be. Remote and wild it may seem, yet most of its natural attractions are accessible from sealed roads and well-formed paths, some even wheelchair accessible. This book presents an introduction to the West Coast's physical environment, plants and animals, and a guide to the walks, lakes and highways of the region. Short easy paths are described in some detail, along with the plants, animals and natural features to look for along the way. Longer, more demanding trails are described in less detail. The lakes and lagoons are best explored by kayak, and guidance is given for the paddling naturalist.
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ISBN 9781927145425
Published NZ 1 Jan 2013
Publisher Canterbury University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781927145425
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Canterbury University Press
Imprint Canterbury University Press
Published 1 Jan 2013
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Wilson, Kerry-Jayne
Category Natural History, Country Life & Pets
Wild Animals
Walking, Hiking, Trekking
Travel & Holiday
Travel & Holiday Guides
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand
Number of Pages 366
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 25mm
Dewey Code 919.3
Weight 839g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Walking, West Coast (N.Z.), Trails - New Zealand - West Coast Region
NBS Text Natural History: Animal & Wildlife
ONIX Text General/trade

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