The Great Map

Help us build a map!

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

Extra features: you can also find bookshops and libraries near you.

How to add a book

  1. We recommend using the full-screen map to do this. It works better on tablets, laptops and PCs.
  2. Click on “Add a NZ Book”
  3. Sign in as a “Guest” or use your Facebook or Google account
  4. Upload a high-resolution image of the book cover
  5. Add the title and author’s name using this format: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.
  6. 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 the locator around to find the most accurate location.
  7. Enter the book summary. Tip: Use a library catalogue or the publisher’s website to copy and paste the book summary. Please, name the source.
  8. If you are an author or publisher, feel free to add a link at the bottom of your site or blog. Let people know about you, your books and how to buy them.
  9. 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 above are accepted. If you have any questions or issues, email us at

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