Home About us Coming soon Shop Online Contact Us My Account Shopping Cart

Whether you are seeking well-crafted fiction, autobiography/biography, history, gardening, decorating, travel, self-help, food and wine, health and wellbeing, business, children's books, coffee-table books, or a book about music, fashion or architecture, the mosaic of hand-selected titles at Takapuna Beach's beloved independent bookshop is sure to please.

The Booklover, a mainstay of Takapuna Beach’s main street since 1999, moved to a new location in Milford Road, Milford in September 2014


Finding the book you want


Of course, space dictates that there will be many titles we don't carry, so our inventory is constantly evaluated.  We are only too happy to order for you a title that is not currently in stock.

We welcome phone email and online orders,with your books couriered to you. As an independent retailer we have the ability to respond quickly to a customer enquiry and order in specific requests locally or from overseas.

Personal Service

Tom and Helen have many years experience in the book industry: Tom was, most recently, publishing director at Random House and, after over 25 years in New Zealand publishing, his knowledge is invaluable. Helen brings a wealth of intimate experience in all aspects of the book world.

They believe that independent bookshops provide a unique booklover’s experience: the value of our ability to buy totally independently is immeasurable. “Our intention is to mix bestsellers with lesser known, very worthy titles that reflect our readers’ tastes and the enquiries we receive, allowing us to create a unique selection of books.” The Booklover is staffed by passionate ‘book’ people who have an extensive knowledge of books and their in-store stock and are always keen to help customers find what they're looking for – even if you're unsure of the author or title!!! The staff will happily make recommendations of books they have enjoyed, or that fit the genre you enjoy reading.

The Booklover also offers: the hosting of book club evenings, a unique array of gift cards, gift-wrapping of your purchases, a monthly newsletter available in store and a customer loyalty card that has no expiry date and reflects 10% of your spending when the card is completed.

Our Location


We are less than 400 metres from Milford Beach, near the intersection of Kitchener Road and Milford Road,  set amidst popular cafes and an interesting mix of specialty shops.

Please visit us soon whether it's a quick dash in for a particular book you already have in mind, or a pleasurable, mind-meandering hour of browsing with relaxing music, and enticing settees to enable you to carefully consider the content of a chosen book.