Author(s): Shaun Barnett & Rob Brown & Geoff Spearpoint
One of the defining and unique features of the New Zealand outdoors is the backcountry hut. New Zealand has a remarkably diverse network of these huts, unparalleled anywhere else in the world, and for those who venture into our wild places there is often a passionate attachment to these humble structures. Shelter from the Storm is a landmark publication, the first wide-ranging history of our hut network. The authors provide an overview of who built the huts – tramping and mountaineering clubs, the Department of Internal Affairs, Lands and Survey, New Zealand Forest Service, Park Boards and DOC – as well as why they were built, which includes farming, mining, tourism, tramping and climbing, hunting and deer culling, science and as monuments. For each of these sections the authors profile a wide range of representative huts, and recount the fascinating stories that invariably surround them. This is a wonderful book, meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated with a huge range of historic and contemporary photographs. Its significance and appeal is far-reaching, as this is a subject that has a genuine resonance with many, many New Zealanders.
For those who venture into our wild places there is a passionate attachment to these humble structures. This is a superb wide-ranging history of the hut network, packed with fine photographs, both historical and contemporary. Nowhere else in the world has such a network or such a variety of huts, built for and by farmers, trampers, hunters, deer cullers, scientists, miners and tourists. A big, lovely, satisfying survey.
FINALIST: NEW ZEALAND POST BOOK AWARDS 2013
No one can fail to be impressed by the latest books published by our own publishing house Craig Potton Publishing. Shelter From the Storm by Shaun Barnett, Rob Brown and Geoff Spearpoint is another labour of love, like Selling the Dream, which I wrote about last month. It's a magnificent volume about New Zealand's back-country huts. I haven't had time to read it yet, in fact I think it's more of a 'dipping into' book, but I did dip into the chapters about the four huts I have stayed in, and the text and photos are brilliant. - Jan
NIELSEN BOOKSELLERS' CHOICE AWARD - NEW ZEALAND POST BOOK AWARDS 2013
Shaun Barnett is a landscape photographer, writer and magazine editor. He has published a number of books, including Classic Tramping in New Zealand (co-authored with Rob Brown), the best-selling Tramping in New Zealand and Day Walks in New Zealand and North Island Weekend Tramps. For some years he was the editor of Wilderness Magazine. He lives with his family in Wellington.
Rob Brown is a landscape photographer and writer. His work has appeared in many publications including a number of books, including Classic Tramping in New Zealand (co-authored with Shaun Barnett), Rakiura: The Wilderness of Stewart Island and New Zealand: The Essential Landscape. He lives with his family in Christchurch.
Geoff Spearpoint is a writer and photographer, with an unparalleled knowledge of the New Zealand backcountry. He is the author of Waking to the Hills: Tramping in New Zealand and the editor of Moirs Guide North: The Otago Southern Alps. He lives in Canterbury.