Arty Bees Books

Arty Bees Books, Wellington: Hours, Address, Arty Bees Books Reviews: 4.5/5

Arty Bees Books
4.5
Speciality & Gift Shops
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Arty Bees Books is a family-run, independent bookstore nestled in the heart of Wellington City, Aotearoa, New Zealand. Arty Bees is the city's largest retailer of pre-loved, new and rare books. On its shelves sit over 90,000 titles ranging from the obvious to the outright bizarre with a specialized interest in the areas of Science Fiction and Fantasy, New Zealand Fiction and Non-Fiction, and the Rare and Antiquarian. "As a business whose core purpose is to recycle pre-loved items, we know that we are not just filling up the world with more consumer junk. Books have a life of their own that we think transcends the clutter of the modern lifestyle."
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,650 contributions
Good retreat on a wet day!
May 2021
Right in central Wellington, with a good selection of second hand books. Worth a visit if you like browsing book shops or are on the lookout for something in particular. I do think the prices in these big city second hand book shops are getting a bit high though these days. I suppose they have much higher costs than the shops in the smaller centres.
Written 6 June 2021
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The Pescuds
Hamilton, New Zealand5 contributions
Book Lover's Heaven
Jul 2020
My husband and I go here every visit to Wellington, staff are helpful and friendly, and excellent choice of second hand books and great sci fiction and detective sections. The smell of books is memorizing, and it great there are a few chairs to sit and wait for shopping buddies, who take a while to decide.
Written 11 July 2020
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BKPS
Christchurch, New Zealand29 contributions
Interesting Secondhand Bookshop
Feb 2020 • Couples
My husband and I always go there everytime we are in Wellington. We always leave the bookshop with lots of book, bound to find something we like to read.
Written 3 March 2020
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1elisal23
Kirkkonummi, Finland16 contributions
Book heaven for anybody!
Jan 2020
If you are a book lover, this is the place. Tens of thousands of mostly used books, nicely organized by topics. I spent there quite a while, choosing travel reading, browsing here and there.
Written 21 January 2020
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Perry B
Hong Kong, China2,287 contributions
A very interesting place!
Aug 2019
Arty Bees is one of the most interesting second hand bookshops in the country! There are a lot of sections to browse through and titles that are unavailable elsewhere. Well worth a visit.
Written 21 September 2019
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Libranace
New Plymouth, New Zealand188 contributions
Very expensive second hand books with no rarity or special value
May 2019 • Couples
I loved looking at the books but was astonished at the high prices of some of the books which have no rarity or special value. I am sure it is an excellent store for people who collect rare and specialised books. Unless I was looking for a particular title I would be more likely to go to a chairty shop. Fascinating place to visit nonetheless.
Written 9 May 2019
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LandC46
Auckland, New Zealand245 contributions
Huge, with helpful staff
Feb 2019 • Couples
If you come here looking for a particular book and they don’t have it, it seems the staff will readily suggest an alternative. A good place to go to if you are a reader.
Written 28 February 2019
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David C
Thames, New Zealand17 contributions
Book lover Paradise
Feb 2019 • Couples
Regards the type of book you read whether fiction or Nonfiction it is unlikely that you will escape without a book.
Written 12 February 2019
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santo t
Auckland, New Zealand7,413 contributions
Large collection of second hand books
Oct 2018 • Solo
The largest second hand books I ever seen, not only for second hand books, but also some new 100% books are sold here. Many titles and authors from some English speaking countries not only from NZ. For good books, the prices are a bit high, for unwanted books the bargain prices are really cheap. Anyway have a visit when you are strolling at Cuba Street area, probably you can find rare and special books here. This book shop was established 30 years ago, as shown on the poster at the front window.
Written 29 November 2018
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Alipa50
Wellington, New Zealand1,522 contributions
Jammed packed with books
Sep 2018 • Solo
This shop is jammed packed with thousands of second hand books. If you are looking for something special that’s not available in a book shop then a visit to this shop is a must. The books are expensive for second hand books. I took a number of my books in and most were not wanted but I was offered a tiny amount $1 for each book they did want. There is a bus stop immediately outside which is handy.
Written 17 September 2018
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Arty Bees Books is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Mon - Thu 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM