Adult Non Fiction
Children and Picture
In a frenetic world Rona Gallery is an island of calm and colour where yo
u can relax and browse the extensive collection surrounded by art. There are chairs to view an exhibition or read a book, and a play area for children.
Come and find your favourite series of books or find something new, our staff are always happy to chat and discuss the latest books as well as some of their old favourites. Literacy specialist and owner, [Joanna], is available most afternoons and weekends. She likes nothing more than to discuss her favourite books and help people find the perfect read. She has shaped many avid readers, knowing the type of books they prefer down to the series they’ve come for and even the book they’re up to. Sparking the interest of those who have struggled to read is something she truly enjoys. She has turned many children struggling with their literacy into life-long readers purely by knowing which books will best suit their abilities and interests.
Rona Gallery is part of a small close-knit community where many of the customers are known by their first names; we love all of our customers to go out the door with the perfect book. Our staff, Wendy Pharazyn
, Mary McCallum
(author of “The Blue
”) and Alicia Ponder
are all avid readers and have a large range of expertise.
P.S. At Rona Gallery we understand you want great value for your money.
We only stock our favourite books, and guarantee our prices are recommended retail price or less -- or your money back.
Postage for our books is only $1 within New Zealand, while other sites charge $5 or significantly inflate recommended retail prices.
We offer a 10% discount for orders for members, so you can be sure, you’re not only getting a great book, you’re getting great value for your money.
If you have any questions please contact us at
Ph: 04 562 8062
151 Muritai Rd
Rona Gallery Hours
Mon- Fri: 9am – 5pm
Sat: 10am – 4:30 pm
Sun and public holidays: 11am – 4:00
Delivery within New Zealand
All online book orders within New Zealand, no matter the cost or size, carry a postage and packaging cost of only $1.
We aim to have your product delivered within one working week, but occasionally there might be a slight delay on the rare occasion we are waiting on suppliers. In the exceptional case where suppliers cannot supply an item you may purchase something of equal value or we can credit your account or refund your money.
We offer postage and packaging of our books, art and art-stationery to Australia, United Kingdom, America and Europe for $5 of the local currency; that’s A$5, ₤5, US$5, and €5 respectively.
Delivery times vary depending on destination, but most parcels arrive within three weeks.
History of Rona Books
Rona Books was born after Literary Specialist Joanna Ponder created a haven for the books she loved within Rona Gallery in Eastbourne. When the books started to take over the gallery, it became obvious that something needed to be done.
Joanna couldn’t bear to lose her books, and Richard couldn’t bear to lose his gallery space; he’d worked hard to show the best artists in the best surroundings. So they did the only thing they could do – they rented a second shop. It was only a few doors down from the original art gallery, and it soon filled up with books. Not just the beautiful children’s books, but klutz and novels of every type from fantasy to literary, art to science, fiction to non fiction. Too busy to spend time together, it quickly became obvious they needed something else. A new approach. So when the hardware store across the road became available, they jumped on the opportunity to expand their business, and to spend less time apart.
Converting the building into the gallery space it is today, as is always the case, took more money and time than either Richard or Joanna expected. With hours to go before the opening a good number of the generous people of Eastbourne took up
paintbrushes to help meet their deadline on the 17th of June 2006. The opening. People raced to and fro with trolleys of books and art and fittings, but with a little help from family and friends everything was ready in time. An d it was all worth it in the end. Rona Gallery is a spacious area where lovers of art, and the whole shop has a warm friendly atmosphere, and of course there is a large range of fantastic books. We often have customers compliment us that we have the best bookshop in the country.