The Great Map

Help us build a map!

We are mapping real places in New Zealand featured in books. Add the book you wrote or the one you are reading.

How to add a book
Please follow these instructions to ensure your submission is approved. 

1 – Click on “Add a NZ Book”
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 using this format: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.
5 – Type the location, a real place mentioned in the book: a lake or a river, a street or a neighbourhood, a well-known building or monument and add NZL at the end. Tip: Zoom in and out and move locator around to find the most accurate location.
6 – Enter the book summary. Tip: Use a library catalogue or the publisher’s web site to copy and paste the book summary. Please, name the source.
7 – If you are an author or publisher, feel free to add a link at the bottom to your site or blog. Let people know about you, your books and how to buy them.
8 – To enter more locations from the same book or from a new one repeat 3 to 7.

All entries are reviewed, and only those meeting the criteria are accepted.
If you have any questions or issues, email us at

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With The Great Map of NZ Stories, you can find books that are set or talk about the place you live in or a spot near a holiday destination you are planning to visit. And now you can also find a bookshop nearby to buy that book! We have mapped all the shops listed and shared by The Coalition for Books NZ

If your shop is not on the map emails us your details to