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Downtown and the green beltBooklovers is a two-storey Victorian (1895) wooden villa in Mt Victoria, an inner-city suburb of capital city Wellington, walkable to downtown and Te Papa, with the green belt next door and buses at the gate

Child-friendly | Pets welcome | Free parking

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Victorian villa – ensuite rooms

double room with ensuite bathroom

double or twin room with ensuite bathroom

double or twin room with ensuite bathroom

Why stay at Booklovers?

Culture and Nature

culture and nature
  • close to cultural amenities, adjacent to the ‘green belt’ with its bush walking tracks – to Oriental Bay and south coast
  • walk to Te Papa in 15 minutes; bus to National Library and Archives New Zealand
  • take the No 2 bus across the road to the Cable Car, Botanic Gardens entrance and Zealandia
  • Dozens of restaurants cafes within a 10-minute walk


  • Victorian villa, built in 1895
  • In a street of mainly Victorian and Edwardian houses
  • Cook and eat in the kitchen and on round dining table
  • Big north-facing deck with table and chairs
  • Tree views from all bedrooms
  • Books to read (basic televisions and dvd players; no Sky)

Easy access

getting there
  • Drive in from the north, take the last motorway exit, come out of tunnel int Vivian Street and then straight ahead (Vivian becomes Pirie Street) and up to the last house on the left.
  • About half way between airport and ferry
  • Bus stops outside the gate and across the road (No 2)
  • Get the No 2 bus to or from the airport and Lambton Quay (main shopping street) or Courtenay Place
  • Free off-street parking
  • Flat driveway and entry to the house
The Story
Kia Ora,

I bought 123 Pirie Street in 1999, while looking for a way to make a living while writing books. Today, the house functions as a B&B from October to April. From May to September it operates as a mix of B&B and writers’ residency.

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Vibrant Wellington

Wellington is a compact, vibrant city of culture and nature and has been dubbed ‘the coolest little capital in the world’ by a travel guide. It has Te Papa (the national museum, free), the National Library, Archives New Zealand and Parliament Buildings as well as Zealandia wildlife centre, Otari plant museum, Wellington Museum, the City Gallery and Wellington Public Library.

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  • Thank you, Jane. We have loved our stay at Booklovers. The house and rooms are beautiful, and you are a wonderful, warm hostess. And what a book collection!
    Suzanne Faigan
    Waiheke Island
  • We absolutely love staying at Booklovers! Its great location provides easy access to the city while still offering the character of beautiful Mt Vic and quiet evenings. The bedrooms and bathrooms are warm, comfortable, stylish and clean. There is always an easy, warm and friendly atmosphere, Jane is an excellent host. Not to mention the great conversations around the breakfast table, the interesting art, the wide variety of books to browse through and the charming character of the house itself! 10/10 from us!
    Kristy and Rio
  • Beautiful building, lovingly decorated and convenient to all activities in Wellington. You will remember fondly the friendliness, kindness, helpfulness and honesty of the award-winning writer and journalist who is the owner/manager and of the woman who is in charge of cleaning. On the basis of long experience with Wellington B&Bs, I'd say without hesitation that this is the best in town!
    ‘Bill’ Williams
    New York
  • I came to Wellington for Katherine Mansfield, the early twentieth-century writer, and I found Jane, another writer. So nice and friendly, she made my stay as if I was in my own house - and much more.
    Christiane Bosq
    librarian from Paris
  • It's so fancy here -- I love it. The food is amazing
    Vita Faigan Johnson (9)
    Waiheke Island
Basic Breakfast

Apple juice, granola/muesli, tinned peaches and yoghurt; Vogel’s toast with spreads; good coffee and variety of teas

Use the fridge, the stove and microwave. Eat meals in the dining area or on the deck.