Tucked away in the South Pacific, Aotearoa New Zealand, with its 11,000 kilometres of stunningly beautiful coastline is treasured by New Zealanders and visitors alike for the uncrowded, relatively undeveloped and almost pristine nature of its beaches, headlands and foreshore ecosystems. New Zealand's coastline has a lot on offer, from therapeutic solo walks along a beach and relaxing family holidays to more energetic forms of recreation by avid surfers and divers. New Zealand's Coasts, by Christchurch writer and photographer Colin Monteath, is an evocative portrayal of the recreational activities, the beauty and the moods of the country's coastal regions from the tip of the North Island all the way to southernmost reaches of Stewart Island. Also in this series by Colin Monteath: New Zealand's Mountains.
Colin Monteath is one of New Zealand's best known and widely published writers and photographers specialising in imagery of New Zealand's landscape, wildlife and mountain adventures. Colin has travelled and worked extensively in mountain regions outside New Zealand such as Antarctica and the Himalaya however he considers New Zealand's mountain, bush and coastal environments to be the finest of all. His work was recently recognised by National Geographic Books for a year-long assignment around New Zealand. Colin was the principal photographer for the highly acclaimed book Antarctica - Great Stories from the Frozen Continent (Reader's Digest 1985) and co-author of Wild Ice - Antarctic Journeys (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990). His other books include New Zealand - Land at the End of the Earth (White Star 1995), Antarctica - Beyond the Southern Ocean (David Bateman 1996), Hall and Ball - Kiwi Mountaineers (Hedgehog House 1997), Under a Sheltering Sky - Journeys to Mountain Heartlands (Hedgehog House 2003), New Zealand (National Geographic Books 2009), The Vanishing Wilderness of Antarctica (White Star 2009).