Ron Hay

Ron Hay will be launching his brand new book, Spirit of the Mountains, during our book festival.  A magnificent coffee table quality book, it shows a lifetime of exploration of the southern alps, with rich illustrations and compelling narratives.  Copies of the new book will be available at the launch for signing.   “From difficult […]

Van Watson

Search for the deepest hole in the world 1973.  Deepest Papua New Guinea.  A handful of 20-something kiwis combing the jungle highlands, evading snakes, spiders, trenchfoot and head-hunters whilst looking for the deepest cave on the planet.  Having recently abandoned the traditional belayed rope ladders for the revolutionary ‘Single Rope Technique’ of modern caving, Van […]

Peta Carey

Tamatea/Dusky Residing in Queenstown, Peta has had a remarkable career as an award winning documentary maker and writer.  She’s spent over 25 years making films throughout the South Pacific, East Africa and NZ.  She’ll be speaking about her recently released book Tamatea Dusky, which is a remarkable story of Fiordland’s Dusky sound. This title is […]

Lynn Paterson

Finding Solo: a circumnavigation of NZ by Sea Kayak Known to all as “Red”, Lynn Paterson will present from her book about her 6000km solo kayak around Aotearoa’s coastline “If you have a dream ask yourself, how much are you willing to sacrifice to achieve it?” There is no barrier to living your dream, which […]

Sam Masters

The story of NZ Freeskiing Sam Masters has 25 years of freeski photography, writing and film work to his name. He has carved a life out of big mountain skiing, remote snow adventures and ski storytelling. Sam is a master of putting into words the joy of deep pow turns, steep and scary terrain, and […]

Max Quinn

A Life of Extremes: The Life and Times of a Polar Filmmaker. Max Quinn is a nature filmmaker. His workmates include chimpanzees, penguins, tigers and whales. He grew up in Te Kuiti but was destined to be amongst more exotic animals, in far-off lands, a long way from heartland New Zealand and its sheep. Max […]

Nic Low

Adventure writing school tutor and presenting author Nic Low is a writer whose subjects include wilderness and adventure, technology and power, history and race. Nic is of Ngāi Tahu Maori and European descent and this heritage is woven into his short stories. His first book, Arms Race, is a collection of mischievous, critical short stories. […]