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Booklovers is a B&B in downtown Wellington for those who like books, cafes and culture -- and nature, as the walking tracks of the city's green belt are right next door.

Located just ten minutes walk from Te Papa/National Museum, dozens of cafes and restaurants, three theatres and three cinema complexes, and bookshops.

It is owned and run by writer Jane Tolerton.

Easy to find - from motorway, ferry and airport. Buses at the gate.

Plenty of free off-street parking.

Free wireless internet and local phone calls.

Full/cooked breakfast.

Cancellation policy: just tell us as soon as you know.

Children friendly (portacot available); children’s playground in park next door.

LGBT friendly.

Visa/Mastercard/eftpos accepted.

Walking tracks

Right next door to Booklovers you can explore this gorgeous Lord of the Rings walking track.


Jane’s new book

An Awfully Big Adventure: New Zealand World War One veterans tell their stories came out for Anzac Day. In the late 1980s, when veterans were in their nineties, Jane interviewed 85 veterans, with Nicholas Boyack. She spent a year listening to all of the interviews (which are available, digitised in the National Library) and editing them into a chronological first-person account of the war in about 80 voices. AABA immediately made the New Zealand non-fiction bestsellers list.

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“Bedside lights you can read by!”

– Joyce, Australia

Research for book on women in war

I am researching New Zealand women who took an active role in the First World War - as doctors, nurses, volunteers, journalists etc. Although nurses and some VADs were officially sent, most of the women who worked in some capacity, for example, in hospitals and canteens, just went, paying their own way.
If you have any information on any of these women, I’d love to hear from you - Jane

New books

Recently added to the Booklovers collection: The Treaty of Waitangi Companion: Maori and Pakeha from Tasman to Today, by Vincent O’Malley, Bruce Stirling and Wally Penetito, a fascinating collection of quotes from a wide variety of sources about the Maori-pakeha relationship, chosen by three Wellington historians, and Bad Characters, by Peter Stanley, about the Australian Imperial Force during the First World War.

Recent guests

Among recent guests have been Yasemin Dincer, who has just translated Paula Maclain’s The Paris Wife (about Ernest Hemingway’s first wife) into German, English author and publisher Anthony Rudolf - and to hear Joy Cowley at our Book Month event, Victoria Jones of Missy Books Online.