The Next Chapter


Tuesday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Wednesday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Thursday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Friday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Saturday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Sunday10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

72 Brownston Street

0210 904 6330

Located out front of Paradiso Cinema, in a purpose-built architecturally designed scaled up kiosk, The Next Chapter provides readers with an intimate escape from the hustle-and-bustle of central Wānaka. Once inside, you'll find a selection of national and international writers, with fiction being the biggest seller, followed by children’s books, a handpicked mix of classics and a specialist mountaineering and outdoors section. The curation of the shelves is ever-changing as the team continues to get to know their customers’ tastes and interests.

The concept for The Next Chapter was born out of a lifetime love of reading, identifying a gap in the market and inspiration from the tiny Twizel Bookshop, which is unofficially the smallest bookshop in New Zealand. Owners and operators Jenny Ainge and Sally Battson are constantly looking to further develop the local reading community by building relationships with their customers, with school libraries and through their bookshop book clubs (including a dedicated non-fiction club which has proven very popular). They run regular author events and launches, utilising the cute covered courtyard behind the shop and in collaboration with their friendly neighbours - Cinema Paradiso.  

It's a crime it took Wānaka so long to have an independent bookshop, but now the case is closed, and it’s another reason to visit this picturesque place. Happy browsing.

Words by Johnny Gibson & Photography by Nancy Zhou

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72 Brownston Street

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