Tramping: A New Zealand history tells the story of the development of tramping in New Zealand, tracing its origins to the way Maori and early Europeans engaged with the sometimes forbidding New Zealand mountains and bush. It describes how state-sponsored tracks and huts were developed for tourism in the late nineteenth century, most notably on the Milford Track, described as 'the finest walk in the world'. As a growing number of New Zealanders began to explore the outdoors, the first tramping clubs were formed in the early twentieth century, with a subsequent boom in tramping during the 1930s. The growth of an extensive hut and track network in the 1950s and '60s saw New Zealand become one of the best-developed countries in the world for hiking. Trampers' battles to have national parks and wilderness areas established, changes to gear and technology, and the role women have played in tramping are additional themes. Shaun Barnett and Chris Maclean are experienced trampers and respected back-country historians who have worked together to tell the fascinating story of tramping in New Zealand.While tramping guidebooks and club histories abound, this wider story has never been told before.
Tramping: A New Zealand history will appeal to all trampers, and anyone with an interest in the outdoors and history.
Since beginning to tramp as a teenager in the Kaweka and Ruahine ranges, SHAUN BARNETT has tramped the length and breadth of New Zealand. After first working for the Department of Conservation, he turned to writing and photography, and co-wrote with Rob Brown the Montana Awardwinning Classic Tramping in New Zealand. Shaun has written several other best-selling guidebooks, edited Wilderness magazine between 1999 and 2003, and is currently the editor of the Federated Mountain Clubs' Bulletin. His most recent book (with Rob Brown and Geoff Spearpoint) is Shelter from the Storm: The story of New Zealand's backcountry huts, which won the New Zealand Booksellers' Choice Award in 2013. CHRIS MACLEAN is a Wellington historian, writer, photographer and publisher, with a keen interest in the outdoors. He has written a number of acclaimed books, including Tararua: The story of a mountain range, Wellington: Telling tales, and Kapiti, which won the Montana Award for History and Biography in 2000. Chris has also written two biographies, John Pascoe and Stag Spooner: Wild Man from the Bush. He is the greatgrandson of George Whitcombe, founder of Whitcombe & Tombs, and keeps the family tradition alive through his own publishing imprint, The Whitcombe Press.