What books does Smith's Bookshop stock?

We predominately sell New Zealand new and used books with an emphasis on regional and specialist titles. Our new book range now includes international fiction and non fiction titles. The categories are listed on the homepage of this website:

Do you buy second hand books?

Yes we do but from time to time we become overloaded with second hand books and when this happens we stop buying.

Do you evaluate individual books for possible sale?


Do you evaluate boxes or collections of used books?

Yes we do. Either bring the books to the shop in the boot or your car and we will come out and do the evaluation, or we can do house visits for large collections. Such visits may be arranged over the phone.

How can I make a purchase from Smith's Bookshop

There are five ways you may buy a new or second hand book, these are

  • Come into the shop and make your purchase in person
  • On-line via the website. Your order will be mailed to you.
  • On line via the website using the CLICK and COLLECT option
  • Email your request. Your credit card or bank details will be destroyed as soon as the purchase is complete.
  • Over the phone. Your credit card or bank details will be destroyed as soon as the purchase is complete.

Does Smith's Bookshop supply overseas customers and customers throughout New Zealand?

Yes and we package and dispatch all orders.

Are packages tracked?

Yes we use "Parcel Post - Tracked Upgrade" or if requested we can courier packages.

What payment methods do you accept?

Paypal: you can make a credit card payment without setting up a Paypal Account, by clicking on the link in Paypal, 'Pay with Credit Card' 

Phone Me: you can leave your phone number (for NZ customers only) and we call you to arrange credit card payment. 

Your security is guaranteed as we do not store any credit card details in our systems.


All of our new books should reach you in perfect condition, if for any reason you are disatisified with the condition of the book you have received (new or secondhand) you may return it, within 7 days, for a full refund of the purchase price.

Does Smith's Bookshop sell and also accept NZ Booksellers' Tokens, (Book Vouchers)?

Yes we do. These Tokens, aka Book vouchers, can be redeemed throughout NZ. 

Does Smith's Bookshop sell and accept Tannery gift cards?


Does Smith's Bookshop exchange new books that have been purchased in accordance with the NZ Bookseller exchange scheme?

Yes and we can provide an exchange card with any on-line purchase, giving the recipient the advantage of an opportunity to exchange. 

Does Smith's Bookshop exchange second hand books?

In general no, but in exceptional circumstances an exchange card will be provided. 

Will Smith's Bookshop special order any books that are not in current stock?

Yes, we take real satisfaction in being able to locate hard to find titles. 

What are the applicable shipping costs?

Location 1st item 2nd item Free Shipping
Pick-up Free Free Free
Christchurch $3.00 $3.00 Purchases Over $50.00
Canterbury $5.50 $3.00 Purchases Over $100.00
South Island $7.50 $5.00 Purchases Over $150.00
North Island $7.50 $5.00
International We will provide a quotation.

Large heavy books my incur additional postage charges for overseas destinations.  Customers will be quoted for this after the placing of the order and prior to dispatch. An order may be cancelled at this point and a full refund will be made.