Help us build a map!

We want to map all the real places in New Zealand mentioned in books. Rivers, mountains, towns and cities, famous buildings and monuments and any other spot we can add on a map.

To do so access the Great Map of New Zealand Stories and follow these very simple instructions. Before you start, make sure you have a high-resolution photo of the book cover.

Sign in using your social media account or as a guest:

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Photo: Upload a high-resolution picture of the cover (the smallest side must be at least 700px.)  If you don’t have a copy of the book at home, your Library will have it for sure:

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Title: Type the book title followed by the author’s name (Title by Author). See example in the image below. Avoid using all caps.

Location: Enter the location/place (must be in NZ) and select the best option. You can drag the red point on the map if you need to refine the location. Play around until you are happy that the location is accurate.  Tip: add New Zealand on the search: e.g: Warkworth New Zealand

Screen 3Tip: If you are looking for a place and can’t be found by searching it by name, enter the physical address and type the location’s name in the description. See example below:

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Description: Add a brief description of the book (tip: search the book in your library catalogue and use their description). Include the writer’s blog/website if you know it.

At the end of the description add ‘SOURCE’ to indicate where did you get the words from, and ‘CONTRIBUTOR’ following your name. If you are using somebody else’s photo please credit them.

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Accept Terms and Conditions and submit. Entries are reviewed and will immediately show on the map.

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This is how it looks. Zoom in and out and check the changes on the right, it’s really cool.


Have fun!

If you encounter any problems or if you don’t want to do this yourself, send us an email to Feedback and suggestions welcome.


We take books

20170919_111500Need space on your bookshelf? We would like to adopt those books you no longer want to read or read enough times!

Here is how to donate books.

Thank you

#Meetaneditor:::: Sarah Forster

We totally love the work The Sapling is doing and we want to make sure you learn about them too.

SarahJane #Meetaneditor:::: Sarah Forster


Books in the street!

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”  ― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

Street art - Flying Books

In San Francisco by Bill Weber | Source:


Books in the streets!

“Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author’s words reverberating in your head.”  ― Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies

Street art - Dublin Digital Classics

In Dublin by by Dublin City Council | Source:


Books in the streets!

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” –Frederick Douglas

Street Art - Inside a Bookshelf

In Örebro by Susanna Hesselberg | Source:


Books in the streets!

“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” –Paul Sweeney

Street art - Dr Seuss Read Sculpture

In New York | Source:


#Meetafriend:::: Megan Blakie

Megan is a very good friend of ours. They regularly donor quality books and they have some second-hand jewels for sale at their office in Colombo Street, the one with the cool mural. Today, we are asking her some questions about book clubs, recommendations and what to do when you do not like the book you are reading.

Megan #Meetafriend:::: Megan Blakie


Books in the streets!

“A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation… A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold.”  ― Henry Miller, The Books in My Life

Street art - X-Times People Chair

In Germany by Angie Hiesl | Source:


Books in the streets!

“Some books leave us free and some books make us free.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Photo by Red Boy | Source: