About us

We are an independent bookshop in the heart of the Mackenzie Country, South Canterbury, New Zealand.  We are readers and writers, illustrators and editors, artists and artisans, chronic enthusiasts and stargazers, highland wanderers and book lovers. 


We are a little shop, in a little town, close to the mountains and pretty far from everywhere - but books make our world a bigger, closer place. Books lend us someone else's brain for a moment. Books throw our gaze on places we've never been. If reading a book is an experience, then the value of that experience lies in the depth of feeling. We, in our little shop, want you to feel something. Feel angry. Feel offended. Feel disappointed. Feel surprised. Feel thrilled. Feel solidarity. Feel sadness. Feel wonder. Feel. Read.

We opened in Twizel in August 2017. 

In July 2020 our family grew and we opened a sister shop in Timaru: Timaru Booksellers. 


Both our bookshops are curated to celebrate our landscape, our community and those whose paths cross here. We stock books we love and books we think you'll love.

We look forward to seeing you soon.



25 Marketplace, Twizel
New Zealand 7901

+64 3 6831 387
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Our Big Little Sister 

Timaru Booksellers is our big little sister bookshop found on Stafford Street in the heart of Timaru.


Click here to visit their website. 

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