Wellington City Libraries

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Welcome to our Travel Popular Topic -- your guide to the depth and breadth of what's on offer on this subject at your library. We've written this page both as a guide to finding travel guides, books and other material at the library and online (especially check out our guidebook catalogue quicksearches below), and also to offer you opportunities for browsing our travel collection online. Enjoy!

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Travel Websites


Online Travel Guides

  • Bradt Travel Guides
  • Fodor's
    A solid travel site compromised by the amount of advertising.
  • Footprint Handbooks
  • Insight Guides
  • Let's Go
    Featuring the full-text of Let's Go guides to countries and major cities, including walking tours, history, transport to and within cities, and the usual food, shopping and accommodation listings.
  • Lonely Planet
    A website for the most popular travel guides at WCL, serving the budget conscious and those interested in adventuresome travel.
  • Rough Guides
    General travel information plus extensive histories and well selected recommended readings under many destinations.
  • Time Out
    Informative guides "to the world's top 34 cities", with topical articles and up-to-date night-life listings from its London and New York magazines.

General Travel Search

Guidebooks by Series

Guidebooks by Region/Country

New Zealand:

Wellington City Libraries have guidebooks for all regions of New Zealand, starting at the Call Number 919.31. The latest copies are also held at the 2nd Floor Enquiry desk at Central Library.

We have a collection of street and tramping maps for loan. We also have a reference collection of street, topographical, nautical and historical maps of New Zealand.


Tourism New Zealand - The official site of Tourism New Zealand, a great source of information for both visitors and locals.


Regional/country websites:



Travel magazines are shelved with the magazine collection in the Art, Music & Literature area on the first floor of Central Library. Travel magazines are also available at Branch libraries and mygateway.info.


Travel DVDs can be found in the Documentary Section of the Audio Visual Collection on the ground floor (to the right of the Issue Desks).
Some great suggested series are:

Downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks

Now you can listen to travel related books while you're getting on with other things in your life. Check out our Overdrive travel eAudiobooks or take an Overdrive travel eBook with you on holiday.


Atlases are shelved at 912. We have an excellent reference section including the Times Atlas of the World. Reference atlases are found by the end of the Returned Today stand at Central Library, and New Zealand atlases can be found at the enquiry desk.


Wellington City Libraries has a collection of maps for many travel destinations. These can be found behind the Returned Today stand on the Second floor at Central Library.

Contact Us

This page is written and maintained by library staff. Our aim is to keep you informed about the Travel section of the Library and to highlight parts of the collection which may interest you. We'd be pleased to hear from you about this page - you can email us with any feedback.


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