From Tussocks to Tourists: The Story of the Central Canterbury High Country (Paperback)David Relph (author)
Paperback 168 Pages / Published: 30/03/2007
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The Waimakariri, the Rakaia, the Rangitata - the catchments of these mighty rivers make up the magnifient high country of central Canterbury. From Tussocks to Tourists explores this fascinating region and explains: the formation of its landforms; the infamous nor'wester gales and dramatic snowfalls; the alpine herb gardens, tussock grasslands and other unique ecosystems; the arrival and effects of foreign plants and animals; the early explorers and establishment of the first pastoral runs; the big sheep stations that have been the heart of the high country for nearly 150 years; the sagas surrounding the trans-alpine road and railway; the traditional use of the area for recreation; the recent development of tourism; the contentious issues of conservation and land tenure; the way the region has inspired art and literature. This book is for those who know and love the Canterbury high country, and also those who have glimpsed the area and wish to learn.
Publisher: Canterbury University Press
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 279 x 210 x 13 mm
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