Wild Coasts

Exploring Aotearoa’s marine reserves

Aotearoa is renowned for its wild coasts, but after decades of overfishing, many of these marine ecosystems are under serious threat.

A crucial response to this has been the creation of 44 marine reserves around our shores, and this book explores six of the most spectacular of these: Goat Island, north of Auckland, the Poor Knights Islands, Taputeranga on the south coast of Wellington, Hikurangi at Kaikōura, Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) in Fiordland, and Ulva Island at Stewart Island/Rakiura.

Full of fascinating information and wonderful illustrations of the amazing sea life found in the marine reserves, Wild Coasts is an inspiring tribute to these safe zones. It will be treasured by all young people who are interested in our marine environment and is designed for the 7-10 age group.

Illustrated and written by Ned Barraud

$21.99 incl. GST

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Kete Books ~  “Wild Coasts: exploring Aotearoa’s marine reserves (Potton & Burton) is Ned Barraud’s best children’s nature book to date. Stunning double-page illustrations transport the viewer beneath the waves to swim with the fish at six of New Zealand’s spectacular marine reserves. Fascinating facts on the following pages allow readers to dive into further information about these protected areas and the sea life that inhabit them at their leisure. From the front cover on Barraud had me entranced with his images, especially his ability to capture the way the rays of the sun change as they move through the layers of water from the kelp forests where sea lions and penguins play to the ocean depths where whales wallow. Just looking at some of the pages plunges me back to some of my favourite underwater experiences.” Read the full review.

NZ Booklovers ~ For each Marine Reserve he has drawn a small map to show where it is located in New Zealand and describes what makes it unique. He follows this with a beautiful colourful double page illustration of its underwater seascape. For instance, in the Poor Knight’s Islands Marine Reserve, he shows how: “Beneath the surface exists a complex environment where subtropical and temperate marine life meet. Over 125 species of fish share this area with its soft corals, sponges, vibrant anemones, moray eels, manta rays, gorgonian fans and even the occasional green sea turtle.”  In a further double page spread are his illustrations of individual species labelled with some fascinating facts. Read the full review.

Meet the Kiwi creator Ned Barraud

Find out more about Kiwi author and illustrator Ned Barraud on his author profile.

Additional information

Dimensions28.5 × 23 cm

Softcover edition



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Published by

Potton & Burton

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