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.


Our little bookshop is 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 27 464 5062



During Level 2 The Twizel Bookshop is open in store and online, by email and on the phone, but there are a few changes  that we ask our visitors to abide by: 

    • Max. 2 customers in the Bookshop at a time.

    • Sign in and sign out at the door.

    • Maintain social distancing - stand at least 1m apart. 

    • Contactless payments are preffered.

    • Hand sanitiser is available in the Bookshop.

    • Please refrain from browsing too many books and flicking through pages. 

    • We still offer free delivery in South Canterbury or Click and Collect  if you prefer.

    • We no longer trade secondhand books - our entire secondhand collection has been donated to the Twizel community .


The Twizel Bookshop 
027 464 5062


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