Epic New Zealand Adventurers

Epic New Zealand Adventurers is ten true stories of daring and danger from New Zealand adventurers.

Race to the South Pole with Sir Edmund Hillary, find the end of the Nile with Cam McLeay and Garth MacIntyre, circumnavigate the world in a yacht with sixteen-year-old Laura Dekker.

Trek solo with Helen Thayer and her husky to the Magnetic North Pole, ride bikes down the spine of the Americas with Mark Watson and Hana Black, and many more exciting adventures — some known, some forgotten, and some just discovered.

Written by Maria Gill and illustrated by Marco Ivancic

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For readers aged 8+


Read NZ School Journal ~ ‘Epic New Zealand Adventurers’ by Maria Gill is a thrilling collection that dives deep into the exploits of ten audacious Kiwis who pushed the boundaries of human capability. Maria skillfully merges facts and creative interpretation, crafting riveting narratives that feel alive and immediate. Quotes, seemingly drawn from the adventurers themselves, breathe life into these tales, giving readers a glimpse into the psyche of these daredevils. Marco Ivancic’s illustrations perfectly complement the dangers, thrills, and sheer awe of each adventure. While some adventurers like Batten and Hillary are familiar names, others like Cam McLeay and Helen Thayer offer fresh tales of courage and determination. ‘Epic New Zealand Adventurers’ not only chronicles incredible feats but also introduces a new generation to the legacies of these extraordinary individuals—a must-read for those seeking inspiration and adrenaline-packed stories.

Meet the Kiwi author

Maria GillFind out more about award-winning New Zealand author Maria Gill on her author page.

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Dimensions25 × 25 cm
First published



Softcover edition



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Published by

New Holland Publishers


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