BOOK 1: Words & Wine

With a complimentary glass of Mäori Point wine, sit back and feast your ears on spoken selections from some of the best entrants in this years’ book competition. You’ll feel the humidity as Van Watson takes you down the highland caves of Papua New Guinea in The search for the deepest hole in the world. Smell the sea-salt and hear the paddle strokes of Lynn Paterson, who circumnavigated NZ alone by kayak in Finding Solo. Experience the gut-wrenching exposure and biting cold as Ron Hay personifies the Spirit of the Mountains: told through a lifetime of summits in the Southern Alps. You will share the adversities and triumphs of early pioneers, hut builders, cavers, trampers and farmers from TABLELAND: The History Behind Mt Arthur, Kahurangi National Park as read by book competition judge Rebekah White. The finale will make you feel Wild at Heart as Miriam Lancewood’s winning book on a life led away from modern society is read by one of her book’s editors, Kimberley Davis, who is based right here in Wanaka.

Wild at Heart won the Mountain Narratives category, whilst Finding Solo and Tableland were finalists in our 2021 book competition. Spirit of the Mountains is a world premiere book launch: get your copy before anyone else in the world.

Sponsored by: Maori Point Wine

Sunday 27 June. 5.00pm to 6.00pm.
Book 1
Armstrong Room, Lake Wanaka Centre.