Chris Maclean is a Wellington historian, writer, photographer and publisher, with a keen interest in the outdoors. He started tramping as a teenager in the 1960s, when a trip to the top of Ngauruhoe kindled an enduring enthusiasm that has underpinned a career as a writer and publisher. His tramping-related books include Tararua – the story of a mountain range (1994), John Pascoe (2003) and Stag Spooner – Wild Man from the Bush (2012).
Chris divides his time between Wellington and Waikanae, both places that have been the subjects of books: Kapiti, which won the Montana Book Award for History in 2000, Wellington – Telling Tales (2005) and Waikanae (2010). Chris is the great-grandson of George Whitcombe, founder of Whitcombe & Tombs, and keeps the family tradition alive through his own publishing imprint, The Whitcombe Press.