Who we are

Plaza Books is an Independent Bookstore. Perhaps not such a very common thing these days. Owners James & Megan Landon also own and have run Beattie and Forbes Booksellers in Ahuriri, Napier since 2007. We bring to the new refreshed Bay Plaza both experience and a passion for good quality books at affordable prices. We want to cater for all of our customers in Hastings by presenting the best books at great price points where we can and we intend to continue championing local authors and New Zealand publishers in any way that we can. We are now one of the if not THE top volume seller of Hunting Books in the country - check out our amazing collection at great prices - starting at just $9.99!

We have full New Zealand Postal services and a full range of postage stamps and courier services. We have recently increased further our range of greetings cards and will have quite simply the best range of quality cards in the area. 

We are happy to order any book for you and import books from around the world on a regular basis. We will carry and are happy to accept universal Booksellers Book Tokens - sadly this is not always the case with the chain stores who wish to lock you - and the recipient - into their brand. We think that we should stand on our own merits and allow you the customer to choose where to spend your money. We also for your convenience have Booksellers Gift Cards, Prezzy Cards, Phone top-ups, call box cards and a range of other gift cards.

Now let's meet the team:


A retailer for most of his adult life he is loving the book industry and finds it relatively relaxing after 20 years in the Electrical Retailing game in the UK previously. A keen reader of a wide range of Contemporary Fiction and Crime Fiction especially Scandanavian and a collector of History and Military History.


Both front of house and behind the scenes Rory is always busy making sure that everything you would want to see on the shelves is there. Very experienced with a wide retail background Rory is particulary interested in the genres of Fantasy, Graphic Novels and quality writing of all kinds.


Denise brings a wealth of Postal knowledge with her having worked in both the NZ Post outlet withing Kiwibank and at Stortford Lodge before their closure. Denise is also widely read and is happy to share her knowledge of books she has read and enjoyed.


Our Weekend team member Georgia is studying at Havelock High currently. Georgia likes reading whenever time permits and will be happy to talk to you about what she has read and liked.


As the business grows we hope to add more great people to our team.