Lillibutt’s Te Araroa Adventure - Maris O’Rourke and Claudia Pond Eyley


Lillibutt is lonely so she sets off from Cape Reinga on a very long walk to visit her kunekune cousins at the Auckland Zoo. As she travels down the country on Te Araroa she meets others along the way and overcomes some scary challenges during her long adventure. A charming tale of perseverance that also gives the reader a look at the first stage of the Te Araroa walkway.

This is the second Lillibutt book by Maris and Claudia, following the successful Lillibutt’s Big Adventure, published in 2012. The Long Trail/Te Araroa, which runs the length of New Zealand for 3000km, opened in 2011. In 2013 Maris O'Rourke and Greg Mace walked the first 600 km from Cape Reinga to Auckland. They didn’t see Lillibutt but they think they saw her footprints…

Maris O'Rourke is a former Secretary for Education for New Zealand and the first Director of Education for The World Bank. She has worked in, or on, education in up to 50 developing countries. She is also an accomplished poet and her first collection Singing With Both Throats was published by David Ling Publishing in 2013. She lives and works in Mt Eden in Auckland.

Visual artist, painter, printmaker, film director, Claudia Pond Eyley was born in Matamata, and attended schools in Montreal, Canada and New York. She returned to New Zealand to attend the School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland in the mid 1960s and continues to work from her studio in Mt Eden.


  • 255 x 210mm, 36 pages, full colour
  • Hardback, ISBN 978-1-877378-92-8, RRP: $29.99
  • Paperback, ISBN 978-1-877378-93-5, RRP: $19.99