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.

 

Contact

25 Marketplace, Twizel
New Zealand 7901

+64 3 6831 387
twizelbookshop@gmail.com
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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. 

To learn about becoming a Friend of the Bookshops, click here. 

Situations Vacant

1. Bookseller, permanent part time, Twizel

Timaru Booksellers & The Twizel Bookshop are two small, vibrant bookshops in South Canterbury. This role is Twizel based. 

 

The Twizel Bookshop is looking for a keen book lover to join their team, working 1-3 days per week, 4 hour shifts in the winter, up to 6 hour shifts in the summer depending on shop hours. The ideal candidate has a strong sense of responsibility, takes pride in the work they do, has an unquenchable love of reading and loves to talk about books. This isn't a traditional retail role and we're not looking for someone to stand behind a counter and process transactions, we're looking for someone who can engage with visitors to the shop, promote books, demonstrate their love of reading and help others find stories that they'll resonate and connect with. This role is as much about creativity, enthusiasm and problem solving as it is about commonsense, diligence and hard work. 

 

For those looking for full time work in Twizel, there are significant employment opportunities in Twizel that would enable candidates to have a second job. For the interested candidate, we'll assist them in finding more work. 

 

Key Skills

Demonstrable evidence of wide reading and depth of knowledge of books

Excellent customer service

Computer and digital literacy

Retail experience (point of sale, cashing up, banking)

Commonsense & creativity

Merchandising and marketing (Creativity and organisation)

 

Applications must include referee contact details, a cover letter and a CV. 

Applications Close 10 July. Send applications to: twizelbookshop@gmail.com or drop off in store. 

 

 

2. Bookseller - Maternity Cover Contract, Twizel

 

Timaru Booksellers & The Twizel Bookshop are two small, vibrant bookshops in South Canterbury. This role is Twizel based. 

 

The Twizel Bookshop is looking for a 7 month part time maternity cover role, with potential for ongoing permanent part time role for the right candidate. The role is 4-5 days per week, between 16 - 30 hours a week depending on shop hours. As this contract runs over the summer months, candidates must be available over the summer and leave will be limited between mid December - mid January. 

 

Remuneration package begins at living wage and includes a generous staff discount. 

 

For those looking for full time work in Twizel, there are significant employment opportunities in Twizel that would enable candidates to have a second job. For the interested candidate, we'll assist them in finding more work. 

 

Key Skills

Demonstrable evidence of wide reading and depth of knowledge of books

Excellent customer service

Computer and digital literacy

Retail experience (POS systems, Bibliographic systems (Neilsen, Circle etc)). 

Commonsense & creativity

Merchandising and marketing (Creativity and organisation)

 

This role begins in September and finishes in March.  

Applications must include referee contact details, a cover letter and your CV. Applications Close 20 July. Send applications to: twizelbookshop@gmail.com or drop off in store.