An independent bookstore with an independent spirit, since 1988

Situated in the heart of Mt Eden Village, Time Out is a community hub and haven for bibliophiles. Our award-winning staff are hand-selected for their passion and diverse knowledge. If we can't find you the perfect book on our shelves, we'll order something in just for you.

Are you unable to visit in person? Our book bundles and subscriptions offer the very best of the Time Out treatment, delivered right to your door.

Our upstairs room is available for book clubs and literary events. Everything you need to know can be found here. To make a booking, complete this form.

Got a question? We've answered your most common queries here.

Open 9am-9pm, 7 days

432 Mt Eden Road
Mt Eden Village
Auckland, New Zealand

09 630 3331



Wendy Tighe-Umbers    


A former science teacher and deputy principal, Wendy never guessed she'd own a bookstore. She bought Time Out fifteen years ago and hasn't looked back.

Wendy loves a dark read. We Need to Talk About KevinMonster Love and The Devil All the Time are huge favourites, but she's very dedicated to her old loves too– Anna Karenina and The Woman in White

See Wendy's latest picks here

Jenna Todd


Jenna has been at Time Out since 2010. She manages the store alongside working as a freelance photographer (a great combination!)

Jenna was the lucky recipient of the 2014 Kobo Booksellers NZ Winter Institute Scholarship in Seattle. She was also NZ's Young Book Retailer of of the Year for 2015.

Jenna's top reads of all time are:

The First Bad Man by Miranda July
The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag

See Jenna's latest picks here


Suri Reddy


Suri is a champion of groups who've long been overlooked as arbiters of art and culture. Women, people of colour and members of the LGBT community are creating incredible work that we should all be reading! Suri has a Bachelor of Arts (Politics).

See Suri's picks here


Kiran Dass

Book Buyer

Kiran has 12 years book trade experience as well as being a well known journalist and reviewer for RNZ and 95bFM.

She was also the2016 Kobo Booksellers NZ Winter Institute Scholarship recipient in Denver/West Hollywood

Her favourite authors are Richard Yates, John Cheever, Joan Didion, Rebecca Solnit and Anne Enright, Edward St Aubyn's 'Patrick Melrose novels.'



Katie Swanson

Children's Buyer

Katie's a self-proclaimed Classics geek– but having a nine year old son makes her a wiz in the Kids' Room, too.

Did you know Katie is the patissier behind our famous cookies? Let her know if you'd like a commission! 

See Katie's picks here


Taylor Adair

Taylor has rejoined our team while studying her Creative Writing Masters at AUT.

Taylor is our Young Adult expert and runs our @timeout.ya Instagram account. You can also read her wonderful book reviews at Ink and Inklings.

Taylor's favourite books of all time are Pride and Prejudice, Shades of Magic Trilogy, Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy & Jane Eyre.

Ellen Barr

Ellen studied English Literature at Victoria and honed her editing skills at Whitireia. She's the newest member of our team and is maintaining an impressive air of mystery. We do know she has a beloved cat and loves to bake–– but don't let that fool you. Her acerbic wit has her fitting right in.

See Ellen's picks here

Wyoming Paul

Wyo studied Criminology and Politics Honours at UoA, with a focus on environmental politics. 

When she's not in store, Wyo works at a tech startup, runs an electric vehicle importing business called Mori and writes about books for The Spinoff.

See Wyo's picks here


Jony Gabriel


Jony was Wendy's first ever hire, way back in 2003. Jony has come and go a lot over the years but is running the Sunday team while he takes a well earned break from being a high school English teacher.

Jony's favourite writers are David Mitchell & Murakami. 

You can see his latest picks here.

Eli Flynn


Yes, he's thirteen. Yes, he works here. Eli bowled in at the age of 8– after studying the legalities of child labour– and politely requested a job. He's quickly become an essential member of the Saturday team, recommending everything from Maurice Sendak to Murakami.

See Eli's picks here


Olivia Roberts


Olivia is our part time Children's Room alphabetiser and organiser. Her favourite book is Fangirl. She loves hanging out with her friends, going on Recreate outings and listening to music.

Olivia joined our team with the help of Poly-Emp Charitable Trust.

See Olivia's picks here



Lucinda is our part time cat worker. She comes in when she feels like an outing from her Parnell dwellings. When she's here, you'll find her curled up on the counter or hidden among the shelves. Her favourite books are New Zealand Cats (she's biased) and I Could Pee on This. 


See recommendations from Lucinda



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