Mary Hobbs is a writer and author, and her sixth book is High Country Stations of the Mackenzie. Her previous works include : Kiwi Tucker for the Soul, Letter to New York and America from New Zealand with Love, and The Spirit of Mountaineering.
She also published the award-winning New Zealand Outside magazine for 10 years. Mary and her husband Charlie Hobbs have been residents of the Mackenzie Country for decades, they live at Aoraki/Mount Cook, where they own a guiding company and the Old Mountaineers' restaurant.
Her latest book tells the story and history of 11 stations in the region, mostly from around the Lake Pukaki area - it also includes pages of stunning pictures, showing wide open skies, the Southern Alps, glacial lakes and vast farmland.
She talks to Lynn Freeman about High Country Stations of the Mackenzie.