Vikings of the Sunrise

Book Author Te Rangi Hīroa (Sir Peter Buck)
Rights Available World excl. NZ

Vikings of the Sunrise ranks as a masterpiece of Pacific studies. From the pen of one of the greatest Māori thinkers and writers of his generation, the settlement of the Pacific Ocean comes to life.

The book ranges across the Pacific Ocean and the people who populated it, considering their physical and spiritual origins, and the ships they built to conquer this vast territory. It weighs evidence for different routes, retells myths of migration including the Māui series, recounts the author’s visits to islands and atolls across the South Pacific, and overall establishes the ‘vikings’ of the Pacific among the greatest-ever ocean voyagers.

First published in 1938, Vikings of the Sunrise is here reproduced in an enhanced facsimile edition, including photos and maps compiled by the author on his voyages, and a new foreword by anthropologist Paora (Paul) Tapsell. Oratia Books is pleased to bring Vikings of the Sunrise back into print for modern readers as part of our NZ Classics series.

About the Author
Te Rangi Hīroa (Sir Peter Buck, 1877–1951) led a busy and distinguished life — variously as an MP, leader of the Young Māori party, doctor, medical officer for Māori health, anthropologist and director of the Bishop Museum, Hawai’i. He was knighted in 1946 for services to science and literature. His best-known books are Vikings of the Sunrise and The Coming of the Maori.


Oratia Books

392pp with two 16pp photo sections

210 x 140 mm portrait
Paperback with flaps

Non Fiction


Publication Date
October 2023

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ

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