The Great Map

Help us build a map! We are mapping all real places in New Zealand mentioned in books. Rivers, mountains, towns and cities, famous buildings and monuments, and any other spot we can add. Explore and discover a story near you. To view full-screen use this link > MAP

How to add a book

  1. Click on “Add a NZ Book” or “Participate”
  2. Sign in as a “Guest” or using your Facebook or Google account
  3. Upload a high-resolution image of the book cover
  4. Add the title and author’s name Tip: Type title using capitalization and add “by” to add the author’s name: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.
  5. Type the location: a lake or a river, a street or a neighbourhood, a well-known building or monument (might not be on the map but you can add the address). Tip: Zoom in and out and move locator around to find the most accurate location. Add NZL at the end of the spot if necessary.
  6. Enter the book summary. Let us know what is about. Tip: Use a library catalogue or the publisher’s web site to copy and paste the book summary. Name the source.
  7. To enter more locations from the same book or from a new one repeat 3 to 6.

All entries are reviewed and only those meeting the criteria are accepted.
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