Detours: a Journey Through Small-town New Zealand (a Generation On)

Author(s): Neville Peat

NZ Non Fiction

Summer, 1981. A young Neville Peat set out from Cape Reinga on his new 10-speed bike 'Blue', aiming to cycle through small-town New Zealand from north to south, all the way to Stewart Island. The week before Easter, he reached his destination. He wrote a book about it, Detours: A journey through small-town New Zealand, which sold lots of copies and was broadcast on radio. Many times in the intervening years, usually on anniversaries of the journey , ten years, fifteen years, twenty years - he wished to try a repeat journey, but life held other challenges. Now, as a leading author and in the age of the personal computer and cell phone, a very different world, he has revisited many of the towns and regions, not on a bicycle, but by car. In Detours - A generation on, he reflects once again on how small-town New Zealand is doing. First published May 2007.


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Neville Peat is a leading natural history writer, whose prize-winning works include four regional natural history books (co-authored with Brian Patrick), and most recently Kiwi The People's Bird.

Essay: A Generation On Detours 1 The Lure 2 The Fish 3 The Canoe 4 The Anchor Index

General Fields

  • : 9781877372391
  • : Otago University Press
  • : Otago University Press
  • : June 2007
  • : 235mm X 155mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Neville Peat
  • : Paperback
  • : 919.3044
  • : 272
  • : Travel writing; Cycling
  • : b/w illus