My Dunedin Itinerary

Dunedin Summer Reads

As a UNESCO City of Literature, Dunedin has a proud literary heritage and many outstanding local authors. With the help of the University Book Shop, we’ve put together a list of top Dunedin summer reads.

The Face of Nature The Face of Nature

Jonathan West

Paperback, Otago University Press

Incorporating maps, paintings and photographs, this lavishly illustrated and wonderfully readable environmental history of the Otago Peninsula explains our remarkable landscape.

Beneath Pale Water Beneath Pale Water

Thalia Henry

Paperback, Cloud Ink Press

Set amidst the physical and psychological landscapes of Omarama’s hills and grasslands. An exciting new voice in New Zealand fiction.

Otago Fonebook Otago fonebook

Michelle Chalkin-Sinclair and Judith Cullen


Hot on the heels of last year’s remarkable (and surprising!) bestseller comes Volume 2 of fonebook fame. A wonderful gift for friends and family near or far.

The Tart Tin The Tart Tin

Matt Cross

Paperback, Potton & Burton

Matt Cross's Tart Tin at the weekly Otago Farmers Market is a sensation!

This stunning book will allow even the novice baker to master the delights of the Tart Tin's most delicious treats.

Undreamed of: 50 Years of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship Undreamed of: 50 Years of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship

Priscilla Pitts and Andrew Hotere

Hardback, Otago University Press

This sumptuous book brings together the art and the stories of half a century of Frances Hodgkins fellows. The result is a vibrant celebration of talent.

Toroa's Journey Toroa's Journey

Maria Gill & Gavin Mouldey

Based on the true story of Toroa, the 500th albatross chick to hatch at the breeding colony on Taiaroa Head near Dunedin, this story follows his life as he grows from chick to adult and begins roving out across the vast Pacific Ocean. Best fit: 3+