From the team at Marsden Books

To all our wonderful customers, thank you for your continued support and for buying local this year  – we really appreciate it!  We have some exciting changes coming in 2021 with a new website enabling online purchases and click and collect options.  But don’t worry, we will still have the same helpful face to face service if you prefer to come in for a chat!

Up until Christmas Day, we will be open every day and will close at 4 pm on Christmas Eve.

From Christmas Day until Wellington Anniversary weekend we will be open 10–4 Monday to Friday and 10–2 on Saturdays for all your summer reading needs.

We will be closed on all Public Holidays.

Thanks again for all your support – we hope you all have a merry Christmas and a safe book filled summer break!

Briony & the Marsden Books team.


Thank you

A very huge thank you to all the wonderful customers who have made me feel so welcome since taking over this fantastic little community business from Anna back in August. And a very special thank you to Anna, who has made the transition so easy and enjoyable for me and my family. The staff in the shop; Heather, Anne, Pip, Beatrice, Charlotte and Emily have also made me feel very welcome. It’s been a steep learning curve but I am having a lot of fun!

Christmas is coming fast and we have a lot of amazing and inspiring books in stock and we are receiving more weekly. However, with postal times varying at present, we recommend that customers prepare early for Christmas this year. We will be extending our opening hours to include Sundays from late November and you can follow all the latest listing and opening hours on our Facebook page.

I look forward to seeing you soon!


Two adults and two children in a bookstore.

Briony and her family in the shop.


Marsden Books Special Newsletter August 2020

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Briony Hogg will become the new owner of Marsden Books from August 24th.

Briony lives in Karori, is married to David and has two children, Oliver and Emily.

Briony will bring her passion, commitment and enthusiasm to continue the service Marsden Books provides to the community.

Our loyal and hardworking team will continue to work at the shop and support Briony in her new venture.

I will remain at the shop for a couple of months, in an advisory role to help Briony with the transition.

It has been a wonderful part of my life and I have loved being part of such a supportive community over the years. It is you customers who make a shop successful and your support has made this possible. I will miss you all very much and wish you all the best for the future.

Marsden Books really is an oasis for booklovers of all ages and thanks to Briony will continue to be so for many years to come.

Anna Hunt


Marsden Books Level 2

We are open.

If you have the Covid App zap it at door or inside.

Please observe social distancing while in the shop.

Please use hand sanitiser if handling books.

You may be asked to stay out of the shop and wait if there are too many customers.

It is preferable if you limit the time you spend here to about 20 minutes if possible.

Let’s all make this work.


Best books for July 2020





June 2020: Level 1 update

Marsden Books is happy to say we’re open as usual. We’re looking forward to seeing you again!


May 2020: Level 2 update

COVID-19 Level 2 update

Marsden Books is open while New Zealand is in Level 2. We ask you to maintain distancing while browsing.

Our current hours are:
Monday to Friday, 9 am–5 pm
Saturday 10 am–3 pm

Thank you for your support and look after yourselves.


April 2020: Level 3 Update

Marsden Books Covid-19 Information

You will all have been aware that we have been closed during Level 4. This is a message to explain how Level 3 will work for us. We remain closed but someone will be here to answer your queries during the times stated below. We have missed you all and know it has been difficult for you to look in the shop window and see so many lonely books waiting to be bought and shared. We look forward to being open in the near future so that you can peruse the shelves once again.

Marsden Books at Level 3

We are pleased to be able to offer a contactless delivery service. We know you have missed your books.

Here’s how it will work:

➡️ You need to either email us with your requests ( OR telephone the shop on weekdays between 10 am and 1 pm (04 476 8066). Always include your address and phone number in your emails, please. No Facebook messages thanks. You can email from now but no phone calls until Tuesday 28 April thanks.

➡️ We will hand-deliver to Karori, Northland, Wilton and Kelburn for FREE on Tuesdays and Fridays, commencing Tuesday 28 April.

➡️ We can courier all other requests around Wellington and NZ for a flat rate of $10. Please manage your expectations regarding courier deliveries. We have been told that they expect to be very busy and there will be significant delays.

➡️ We will include an invoice with delivery for online payment.

NZ Post: Marsden Books will not be able to offer services for NZ Post under Level 3.

Thank you for your support.


March 2020: Level 4 update

Marsden Books will be closed due to New Zealand’s Level 4 status.

We will open again when the level has changed and we’ve been advised we are able to.

Thank you for your support and look after yourselves.