Shelter from the Storm: The Story of New Zealand's Backcountry Huts

Author(s): Shaun Barnett & Rob Brown & Geoff Spearpoint

NZ Photography

One of the defining and unique features of the New Zealand outdoors is the backcountry hut. New Zealand has a remarkably diverse network of these huts, unparalleled anywhere else in the world, and for those who venture into our wild places there is often a passionate attachment to these humble structures. Shelter from the Storm is a landmark publication, the first wide-ranging history of our hut network. The authors provide an overview of who built the huts – tramping and mountaineering clubs, the Department of Internal Affairs, Lands and Survey, New Zealand Forest Service, Park Boards and DOC – as well as why they were built, which includes farming, mining, tourism, tramping and climbing, hunting and deer culling, science and as monuments. For each of these sections the authors profile a wide range of representative huts, and recount the fascinating stories that invariably surround them. This is a wonderful book, meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated with a huge range of historic and contemporary photographs. Its significance and appeal is far-reaching, as this is a subject that has a genuine resonance with many, many New Zealanders.


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Shaun Barnett is a landscape photographer, writer and magazine editor. He has published a number of books, including Classic Tramping in New Zealand (co-authored with Rob Brown), the best-selling Tramping in New Zealand and Day Walks in New Zealand and North Island Weekend Tramps. For some years he was the editor of Wilderness Magazine. He lives with his family in Wellington.

Rob Brown is a landscape photographer and writer. His work has appeared in many publications including a number of books, including Classic Tramping in New Zealand (co-authored with Shaun Barnett), Rakiura: The Wilderness of Stewart Island and New Zealand: The Essential Landscape. He lives with his family in Christchurch.

Geoff Spearpoint is a writer and photographer, with an unparalleled knowledge of the New Zealand backcountry. He is the author of Waking to the Hills: Tramping in New Zealand and the editor of Moirs Guide North: The Otago Southern Alps. He lives in Canterbury.

General Fields

  • : 9781877517709
  • : Potton & Burton
  • : Potton & Burton
  • : October 2012
  • : 250x320mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : July 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Shaun Barnett & Rob Brown & Geoff Spearpoint
  • : Hardback
  • : 728.730993
  • : 364
  • : Colour