Petronella's Gallery & Bookstore

"What I say is, a town isn't a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it's got a bookstore, it knows it's not foolin' a soul." (Neil Gaiman in American Gods). Every town deserves a bookshop and now Lake Tekapo, too, has its own cultural haven. Petronella’s Gallery and Bookstore is easy to find in the main street. An eclectic range of new literature and non-fiction sits alongside boutique stationery, gifts and works by local artists. It’s a match made in heaven brought down to delight locals and travellers alike. Wilma (Wilhelmina Petronella Maria) is your host and she loves to be your guide in this land of books where anything is possible.

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The Last Guests - J.P PomareThe Last Guests is J.P Pomare’s latest book and it is phenomenal! The suspense and thrill of the story is right back up...

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The Author's Cut by Owen Marshall

THE AUTHOR’S CUT by OWEN MARSHALLPenguin, $36On Thursday night, my husband and I drove home in the dark, back to Lake Tekapo after watching the mov...

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Petronella's Gallery & Bookstore

Shop 8, Rapuwai Lane

SH 8
Lake Tekapo 7945

New Zealand

+64 (0)3 6806789

+64 (0) 21 1541014

Opening Hours

6 Days 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Closed on Tuesday

School Holidays Daily

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Chris E

A carefully selected range of quality books, beautifully presented by a knowledgeable host. The community feel of Tekapo remains safe here amidst the tourist hustle and bustle.


"Great selection of books, great relaxed atmosphere. Very friendly knowledgeable staff. Definitely worth a visit.

Savannah H

"Such a cute wee spot with a great selection! Can find something for everyone in this nook!! Cozy and inviting, also with gifts and artwork!! Even a used book section for a great price!! Have a good look around and you'll definitely find something you'll want to read!"