Meet New Zealand authors and discover new books to read at the NZ Book Festival 2018

If you love books, The NZ Book Festival is one of the top FREE Auckland events not to be missed! Meet New Zealand authors and discover new books to read or buy for yourself or for someone else as a Christmas gift.

Entry to this family-friendly annual event is FREE, offering something for everyone, including good coffee and tasty treats to keep your energy up while you browse the selection of books for sale.


Readers discover new books to read

Readers can expect a great selection of authors with new books to read across a wide range of genres. Choose from mystery, fantasy, chick lit, historical romance and crime, as well as non-fiction and general fiction.

Discounts, competitions, activities, food and REAL coffee – there’s plenty to see and do for all ages! Be sure to check out what’s happening this year in the Kids Zone and other event favourites at the NZ Book Festival.

What’s on at the NZ Book Festival 2018


The go-to event for New Zealand authors


Independent New Zealand authors and emerging writers have plenty to look forward to at the NZ Book Festival 2017. There will be a range of businesses specialising in independent publishing services on hand to answer your questions and plenty of networking opportunities.


Writers and businesses register here to book your exhibitor stand for 2018

In 2015 it was called the NZ Independent Book Festival and held again on the North Shore.

The 2016 event secured its place as the NZ Book Festival in the calendars of readers and writers. Ninety exhibitors from as far away as Dunedin celebrated being a published indie author or an indie publisher at the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall on Dominion Road. The professional stands and books on offer showcased the very best creative New Zealand indie writers have to offer. Visitor numbers exceeded both the 2014 and 2015 festivals.

The NZ Book Festival brings writers and readers together to share their love of literature. We look forward to meeting you at the 2018 event.

Gala Night – 2017

Details about the 2017 Gala Night. The speakers were informative and had lots of advice for writers at all levels. The usual advantages of getting together the night before a big festival includes catching up with friends, meeting new people, enjoying your favourite tipple (alcoholic or otherwise), talking your head off about yourself, learning more about your writing peers, and enjoying the nibbles.

Kids Zone activities

Arrrr Me Hearties! Tis I, Pirate Jane travelling o’er many an ocean to take anchor in this beauty land of KidsZone. Ok, I cannot tell a lie I’m actually just pretending to be a pirate!! ‘What ho!’ you may ask, ‘then who are you?’… Well actually my real name is Fairy Jane and I do love travelling but usually flutter through vast forests and over many lands. My favorite thing to do is paint faces and dress up as a pirate and I look forward to meeting you all at the book festival this year!

NZ Book Festival writer’s competition

The NZ Book Festival has a new writing competition for unpublished authors with a book project underway. The winner will have their manuscript professionally edited and designed and 200 copies printed through the competition sponsors, in a prize pack valued at over $3,000.

Follow the link below for competition details and how to enter.