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“Have a coffee and browse”

One of the best things about Oamaru is that the Council has control of the Heritage District so the... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2018
Margaret O
Queenstown, New Zealand
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Books to Read by Lamplight in a Tent

I heard from other adventure book geeks that this was a jewel of a bookshop and I finally had the... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2018
Tom H
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7 Harbour Street, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
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Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

One of the best things about Oamaru is that the Council has control of the Heritage District so the merchants are all local eccentrics who can afford to indulge their passion. (Other places in NZ could take their lead, instead of allowing every retail district...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Margaret O
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

I heard from other adventure book geeks that this was a jewel of a bookshop and I finally had the opportunity to browse its shelves for myself. The shop has an endless supply of mountaineering and exploration tales, some of which are rare and out...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Tom H
Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

I don't really use to review places that I visit, but this place deserves to be reviewed. It's such a wonderful place where you could stay a whole day. The owner is a passionate about rare adventure books and in his shop you can find...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 12 January 2018

Where else could you find a guy from Texas that had a first ed of "Endurance" and the replicate of the James Caird !!! I feel fortunate that I live only 2.5 hours away and will return. Fantastic collection of adventure polar and mountaineering books...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

I say one of the greatest being from Portland, home of Powell's and formerly from NY where The Strand is tops. One of the first things to notice is that the entire store's bookshelves have distinct "Aqua hue" to them. Since it specializes in Antarctica-Polar,...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

If you like browsing bookstores and are even remotely adventurous this is the place. Located in the heart of Oamaru's rustic waterfront in a 19th century, limestone warehouse, this world class bookstore awaits your perusal. Just inside the door you are greeted by a scale...More

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank austineats
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Adventure Books are specialists in Antarctica-Polar, Mountaineering; Exploration, Travel, Nautical, Natural history. Bill Nye's bookshop has a terrific range of books, and he is very knowledgable and helpful about books in those fields. The James Caird replica in the doorway is the finest of props...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

From the moment you walk in to the shop the atmosphere is amazing. Bill the owner, is so knowledgeable on adventure experiences. The evening presentations Bill provides are interesting and it is a great experience to meet a lot of his guests who talk about...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Linda H
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Thousands of exploration and adventure books and original artifacts. You can browse for hours and be amazed by the first editions, but try to buy something to help the guy stay in business !

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank maysi02
Reviewed 30 June 2016

Book, old books, more books and a boat. I'm not literate enough to do this shop justice with my description but it is a fantastic bookshop focused on nature, adventure and exploring and the humans involved. If you love books this is unmissable. If you...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Redwoodie
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