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Thanks for all your comments telling us why you want this fantastic book. The giveaway is now closed and the winners (picked at random) are: Gloria Williams and Darryn Anderson.

New Zealand is blessed with some of the most remarkable natural landscapes on Earth. The most unique and iconic of these areas are set aside as national parks.

For the last few weeks I’ve loved having these special places in my living room, courtesy of the Natural History New Zealand produced television series Wild About New Zealand — made to celebrate the 125th anniversary of New Zealand’s first national park.

Tonight’s the last episode (8:30 pm, TV One) but you can continue your living room adventures with Gus in the book, Wild About New Zealand: A Guide to Our National Parks.

Cover of Wild About New Zealand.

Written by outdoor adventurer Gus Roxburgh and illustrated with magnificent photographs and bird’s-eye view maps, this is both an entertaining and comprehensive visitor’s guide as well as a stunning celebration of New Zealand’s amazingly diverse national parks.

And, here’s the bit you’ve been waiting for:

Thanks to Random House New Zealand, we’ve got copies to give away!

To be in to win leave a comment on this post before 12 noon on Thursday 10 October 2013, telling us why you want the book. Winners will be selected at random and contacted by email.

Please note: We can only ship to New Zealand addresses.

Wild About New Zealand: A Guide to our National Parks is valued at $55.00 and is available to purchase from book stores nationwide.

Watch Wild About New Zealand On Demand

Start planning your own New Zealand National Park escape

Thanks for all your inspiring comments. The giveaway is now closed and the winners (picked at random) are: Olivia Henwood, Katy Mar and Tom McMurtry.

I hate to send you into a panic, but you might as well know—there are less than 100 days until Christmas. I know, crazy huh? But don’t stop reading in shock. I have something that’ll ease the pain of that announcement. It’s a great present idea that’ll suit just about everyone you know.

New Zealand’s Wild Places is Craig Potton’s new book. You’ve heard of Craig Potton, right? There can’t be too many homes around the country that haven’t had a wall, coffee table, or desk embellished with the work of this well known landscape photographer at some point in time.

Cover of New Zealand's Wild Places by Craig Potton.

Anyway, New Zealand’s Wild Places is Craig’s latest, just released, piece of eye candy; and the wonderful folk at Craig Potton Publishing have given us three copies to give away to you, our lucky and loyal readers.

They’ve been sitting on my desk for a day or two now and, as I thumb (ever so carefully and well away from my coffee cup!), through the pages—covering rivers and lakes, the coast, and forests and mountains—I can’t help but feel a fresh sense of awe at our country’s remarkable landscape (and at Craig Potton’s talent in capturing it in such an honest way).

In the foreword he says:

It is my hope that New Zealand’s Wild Places can serve as a reminder of, and an inspiration for your own encounters with the wild places of our country.

Now, who wouldn’t want to give their family and friends that for Christmas (or at any other time of the year for that matter)?

To be in to win leave a comment on this post before 12 noon on Monday 23 September, telling us about your favourite New Zealand Wild Place.

The giveaway is open to Conservation Blog subscribers; however, we can only ship to New Zealand addresses.

Good luck!


New Zealand’s Wild Places is valued at $39.99 and is available to purchase from bookstores nationwide and online from www.craigpotton.co.nz.

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UPDATE: The competition has now ended. 

Kiwi: the real story made it onto the Listener’s 50 Best Children’s Books of 2012 list, and it’s not hard to see why.  The combination of verse, factual text and beautifully luminous pictures, offers a spellbinding glimpse into the secret night-world of our amazing iconic kiwi bird.

Kiwi: the real story would be an amazing Christmas present for any lucky kiwi kid and, thanks to New Holland Publishers, we’ve got three copies to give away here on the Conservation Blog.

Kiwi: the real story

“Muckracker, stem-shaker
nosy parker, mud-larker, dashing darter
cricket-cruncher, mantis-muncher
eavesdropper, clodhopper, show-stopper!”

Kiwi the eavesdropper.

“These feisty birds have a life and spirit of their own and Kiwi: the real story will be the book to inspire your children to love and protect kiwi long into their lifetimes, ensuring that they will still be in the ‘backyards’ of our grandchildren in years to come.”

Kiwi the snail snatcher and beetle battler.

To be in to win a copy, leave a comment on this post before 12 noon, Thursday 20 December 2012, telling us why you want the book. Three winners will be selected at random and contacted by email.

The giveaway is open to everyone, except employees of the Department of Conservation, New Holland Publishers, and their immediate families; however, we can only ship to New Zealand addresses.

Good luck!

Kiwi: the real story is valued at $29.99 and will be available from good bookstores nationwide.