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The Sensational South Island: New Zealand's Mountain Land

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The Neglected North Island: New Zealand's other half

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A Maverick Traveller (Simplified Chinese Translation)

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A Maverick Traveller (Traditional Chinese Translation)

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The Scottish Isles: Shetlands, Orkneys and Hebrides (Part 1)

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Franz Josef/Waiau: Tears of the Avalanche Girl

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October 15, 2021

A glacier tourist town, in an region legendary to Māori, which played its part in getting handguns banned in New Zealand a hundred years ago

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October 9, 2021

The Ōkārito Coast: Lagoons at the Feet of Glaciers

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September 30, 2021

The Lands of the Bear and Those who have Shared Them: Ch 1 of Go Greenland

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September 30, 2021

Travel Tips for Greenland: Ch 2 of Go Greenland

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About the Author

Mary Jane Walker is a writer of historically well-informed travel stories that come with an autobiographical flavour. Mary Jane is a solo woman traveller who travels with no plans, just using intuition. She suffered a tragedy in her personal life and sought refuge through hiking and travelling the world.

Mary Jane first experienced world travel in an unusual way, as part of the crew on a Chinese junk named La Dame de Canton, the first to be built in the old way in decades. La Dame sailed from Canton, now Guangzhou, to Paris.

After only six weeks on the boat, Mary Jane found herself in the US military base of Diego Garcia, in which the junk sought refuge with ripped sails and water contaminated by salt.

Just as in the old days of exploration by sail, the voyage took a couple of years to complete, with many stops along the way for fresh water and supplies, and, yes, for repairs as well.

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