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the story behind New Zealand’s mountain tourism

A magnificently illustrated history of New Zealand’s mountain tourism industry, this lavish book explores the story behind the promotion of New Zealand’s mountains — through posters, advertisements, hand-coloured photos and more. It explains how the country built its reputation as an alpine playground and, alongside, how mountains became central to belonging to Aotearoa.

Winner of the 2019 NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival.

285 x 260mm hardback
colour and black/white images
416 pages

Published: 1st edition 2018 Te Papa Press
ISBN: 978-0-9941460-2-1

About the authors

Peter Alsop is a senior executive who has worked across the public and private sectors. He is a keen collector of New Zealand art, with particular interests in tourism publicity, hand-coloured photography and mid-century New Zealand landscape paintings. He is the author and co-author of five previous books.

Dave Bamford is now an independent tourism advisor who has worked extensively in New Zealand on regional tourism strategies, business plans and national park recreational opportunities.

Lee Davidson teaches in the Museum and Heritage Studies programme at Victoria University of Wellington.

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