Paul Hersey

Showing in: Wanaka


Wanaka Mountain Book 2 Tuesday July 3
Armstrong Room, 5:00pm



Paul is a Dunedin based writer, photographer, adventurer and occasional filmmaker. He has climbed extensively throughout New Zealand as well as Nepal, India, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Europe. He has achieved a number of first ascents here and overseas, and is a two time recipient of the Sport New Zealand Hillary Expedition Grant.

Paul’s previous jobs have included Newspaper Reporter, Fisheries Enforcement Officer, Ice Climbing Instructor, Sea Cave Kayak Guide and Outdoors Retail Shop Manager. Along with having five books published on outdoor themes, he has also written for various magazines including Alpinist, Surfer’s Journal, North and South, New Zealand Geographic and The Climber.

Paul’s interests and passions are varied and there is no better evidence that the titles of his book: Merino Country: Stories from the home of New Zealand’s hardiest sheep, Our Mountains: Journeys to New Zealand’s high places, Searching For Groundswell: A New Zealand surfer’s road trip, High Misadventure: New Zealand mountaineering tragedies and survival stories and Where The Mountains Throw Their Dice: An insight into the Kiwi climbing psyche.

Paul’s expeditions not only offer the challenges of different mountains, but also new cultures, religions, attitudes towards life in its many facets, and a myriad of ways to view our own, unique footprint in the world.