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 Charlie 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. Includes tips on how to stay safe on your adventures, maps, and stunning action illustrations by ninja artist Marco Ivancic.
I think I can call myself an adventurer. When I was thirteen years old my family moved to Australia and over a three-year-period we travelled around Victoria, NSW, and Queensland while living in a caravan. We moved back to New Zealand when I was 16 years old. Before leaving the country for my OE, I travelled around the South Island. Then when I was 19-years-old, I threw on a backpack and travelled to America, England, Europe, Israel and Egypt, India, Nepal, and China.
Nowadays I travel around New Zealand and Australia giving author talks and teaching writing workshops. And my experiences have been lame next to the ten daring adventurers you will soon read about.
Sir Edmund Hillary navigates crevices in Antarctica, Jean Batten nearly dies numerous times on her flight back from Sydney to England, Paul Caffyn kayaks all around the coast of Australia, Matahi Brightwell sails from Tahiti to New Zealand, Helen Thayer fights off polar bears near the Magnetic North Pole, and that’s just a start.
I was in awe when reading their books or when interviewing the trailblazers Their organisation, bravery, and daring are incredible. If you’re not able to travel, I hope you can live vicariously through these adventures. And if you dream of going on exciting adventures, you’ll be inspired.