Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival 2021


Almo Books

Almo Books has been Carterton’s independent bookstore for ten years. From our large new shop in Carterton’s High Street, we offer books about everything – with an emphasis on children’s titles, quality fiction and New Zealand non-fiction.

Arty Bees Books

Arty Bees is proud to have been part of the buzz of Wellington’s inner city for the last 30 yearzzz. We could wax lyrical about our huge selection of books, but we don’t want to drone on. Make a bee-line for our stall or visit our website to comb through our stock.

Bear Flag Books

Frequented by Jacinda Ardern and described by National Radio's Matinee Idol as Masterton's best bookshop, Bear Flag Books and Retro is a true treasure trove for bibliophiles.

Chicken & Frog Bookstore
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Chicken and Frog Bookstore is a specialist children’s bookshop where imagination, information and innovation collide as a feast for curious young minds. The books leap into life in curated, themed spaces. All books are new, with the carefully selected favourites and latest titles in Fiction and Non-Fiction arriving in Featherston weekly.

Featherston Ferret

The Featherston Ferret, sibling to Cuba Street’s Wellington Ferret, sells mainly second-hand books ranging from A for Art to Z for (Olde and New) Zealand literature and history, with special interest paid to younger Aotearoa-based stories.


For the Love of Books
We aim to provide quality second-hand books at “I’ll be back for more” prices as well as collectors’ items and “good for one more read” bargains.  We also have a selection of new books focusing on NZ and children's books. We will be featuring our rare and collectable books in the Anzac Hall on Saturday only. Over 50,000 books.


Fraser Books

Established in 1984, Fraser Books is one of New Zealand's enduring small independent publishers. Specialising in New Zealand history and politics, biography and autobiography – with occasional fiction and children's books, our primary focus is facilitating the publication of small-run books by authors who have produced manuscripts of real historical or literary value that are not considered commercially viable by larger publishers. In that capacity we have been the publishers of over 30 books for the Wairarapa Archive.

G T Carter Transport Books
We specialise in new, rare and out-of-print railway, maritime, aviation, truck, bus, fire appliance and earthmoving machinery books. For over 25 years, thousands of books have been supplied to satisfied clients throughout the world.


Hedley’s Books

Hedley’s Books is New Zealand’s oldest independent bookstore and family-owned since 1907. A bibliophile’s treasure trove, they stock new books for all ages plus rare, signed and collectable books both in their Masterton store and online.

Loco Coffee & Books
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Loco is the place to stop in Featherston for lush Havana coffee to go; or stay and sup with us and browse the shelves of books for that special gem to take home with you!


Messines Bookshop: Military History

Messines Bookshop : Military History is a mecca for all interested in military history across the ages. We buy and sell rare, second hand and new books. We stock books that look back to the battle of Megiddo in 1479 B.C. and onwards, to the battles of the 21st century. 

Musical Heritage Company Limited

Musical Heritage will have a selection of New Zealand music, music books and Maori songs for sale, as well as sheet music prints and greetings cards.  David Dell, who will be staffing the stall, is very willing to discuss heritage NZ music topics.  He will also be singing and playing a selection of Kiwi songs from time to time, and he will have the Musical Heritage New Zealand Trust database of Kiwi music available. Please bring along any sheet music or music books from New Zealand or overseas that you might like to drop off for the Musical Heritage New Zealand Trust.  


Pegasus Books
As a small independent bookseller, we aim to stock quality books (ranging in age from antiquarian to near-new) at reasonable prices. Our range of books emphasises such subjects as Poetry, Philosophy, Mythology, Classics (Greek and Roman), Spiritual Paths, Art, Music, and Architecture and Design.


Peter Diekermann
Books, Books, and more books – General selection of assorted books for sale 


Smith's Bookshop Ltd - John Quilter

Founded in 1901, Smith’s was in downtown Wellington until 1987 and subsequently sold books by issuing printed catalogues. Rowan Gibbs with John Quilter are offering the last remaining stock from Smith’s thousands of books, mainly older hardbacks, many in storage for years, some with the original price in pre-decimal currency! Also a large collection of reference books on publishing and literature. All  $5 each. (We have no website.)


The Dickensian Bookshop

The Dickensian Bookshop specialises in the best of literature from the pre-victorian era right through to the best of modern writers. We also provide a wide selection of non-fiction books covering subjects as diverse as the Arts, Philosophy, History, Social History and Biographies. To whet the appetite of collectors, we also stock a growing number of first editions and antiquarian books.


Tinakori Books

We have a great range of books on New Zealand, Maoritanga, the Pacific, Australia, Antarctica, old voyages, art, history, and other topics. If there is anything you are interested in, we will bring it to Booktown Featherstone. Just let us know: tinakoribooks@xtra.co.nz


Waikato Book Fairs

Waikato Book Fairs is a travelling book fair business based in the Waikato, predominantly in Eureka and Tirau. Trudi will be selling primarily New Zealand books, both fiction and non-fiction at the Featherston Booktown Festival. Sorry, no EFTPOS.


Writers Plot Bookshop

 A unique independent New Zealand bookshop providing books from medium, small & Indie publishers and authors for discerning readers. 

New Zealand’s only not-for-profit bookstore devoted exclusively to Kiwi authors.



Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival 2021


Catherine Martley – Kiwi Girl


Life's Not All Roses - A Mother's Journey With Twins, Disability And Adapting To Change. If life isn't all roses, then what is it? It's about love, laughter, and ironing out the rough edges and smoothing them over as best we can. Life is for loving the people who matter the most.  


Shirley Jamieson and Ian Gemmill Shirley
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Self-publishers, Shirley Jamieson and Ian Gemmill, members of NZ Christian Writers, will share a stall in the ANZAC Hall at the Featherston Booktown Festival. Shirley’s third book, Ripple Effect, is an inspiring, gripping, and heartfelt story of her grandparents in India. Ian Gemmill’s book, In China Soup tells of life in India’s largest neighbour, based on his time living there recently.


Swirld Books


Swirld Books is a small independent publisher in the Wairarapa set up by designer, illustrator and author, Viv Walker.  She has published several Wairarapa themed books and also offers publishing services from manuscript assessments to book design to print management, for anyone interested in publishing their unique project. Picture books a specialty.


The Copy Press

The Copy Press provides New Zealand’s most comprehensive self-publishing book design, print and distribution service.

Each book we produce has an individually tailored production package which can be combined with our unique marketing and distribution services. We look forward to meeting potential authors to discuss their requirements.


Wellington Underground Bookstore

Wellington Underground Bookstore is a collective of 19 Wellington authors. All our books are printed in Wellington and we have genres ranging from picture books to chapter books to adult contemporary fiction and lots in between. Including Spies Publishing.


Featherston's Bookstores


For full details about our town's seven all year round bookmongers, visit our Bookstores page.