Petronella's 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 Bookstore is easy to find in the main street. An eclectic range of new literature and non-fiction sits alongside boutique stationery, stacks of beautiful jigsaw puzzles and gifts. It’s a match made in heaven brought down to delight locals and travellers alike. Wilma (Wilhelmina Petronella Maria) and the amazing Petronella's team are your host and they love to be your guide in this land of books where anything is possible.



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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

7 Days 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!"