Mary Hobbs published the award-winning New Zealand Outside magazine for 10 years. She is the author of six books including: Kiwi Tucker for the Soul, a best-selling collection of inspirational stories about New Zealanders; Letters to New York and America - from New Zealand with Love, a non-political book of letters gifted to the American people following 9/11: The Spirit of Mountaineering, Volume 1, about the early history of the first New Zealand-born mountain guide at Aoraki/Mount Cook; Matagouri and other Pricks - The Journey to Aoraki/Mount Cook, part-autobiography, that covers nursing, publishing, mountain guiding and includes the larger tale of a battle for the right to do business in the National Park; Christchurch Dreaming - a poignant, inspirational book for Christchurch people; and High Country Stations of the Mackenzie - a best-selling history of the high-country stations surrounding Lake Pukaki. Mary has lived with her husband, mountain guide Charlie Hobbs at Aoraki/Mount Cook, near Lake Pukaki, for around 22 years. They own a mountain and ski guiding company and The Old Mountaineers, a historical mountaineering-themed restaurant and photographic gallery at Aoraki/Mount Cook. They have two daughters.