Fountain Pens Resources for New Zealanders

Lamy Al-Star Vibrant Pink Fountain Pen

I’m a newcomer to the hobby of fountain pens by any definition of the word. I first became interested in fountain pens in 2017 when I noticed a classmate using a Lamy Safari during a lecture. I consider myself a digital person, but I’ve always loved stationery and the physical act of writing things down.

After badgering my classmate for information about his pens, I started doing some research. The first thing I found was a Fountain Pen Network post from 2009 discussing the limited options for New Zealanders who wanted to get their hands on fountain pens and FP-friendly paper. Online seemed the most viable option, so I kept looking. Eventually I found my way to a Lamy Safari Petrol, and so began the descent.

In the past year, I’ve continued to search for ways to get my hands on more fountain pens and related stationery. Just in the space of that year I’ve seen the community grow and the interest in fountain pens spread.

With contributing to the community in mind, I’ve made a list of NZ-based retailers with an online presence. This is not a comprehensive list, but it’s my hope that it’ll be of help to those wanting to get into the hobby as I did. I look forward to hearing about and discovering more.

I have no affiliation with any store listed below beyond purchasing from them in the past and believing them to be reputable. They are listed in alphabetical order and I’ve tried to highlight some interesting things that they carry.

New Zealand Retailers

Shop names in bold are specialty pen retailers.

  • Europens (Online)
    • Pen specialty supplier with some higher end brands like Montblanc and Pelikan.
  • Fitzgerald Taylor (Online & physical)
    • Stationery retailer carrying Lamy, Pilot (including the Falcon and Vanishing Point), and the Midori Traveler’s Notebook range.
  • Gordon Harris (Online & physical)
    • Primarily an art supply store, but carries Lamy, Staedtler, and Monteverde pens.
    • Stocks Fabriano notebooks and paper as well as Leuchtturm1917.
  • Inkt (Online & physical)
    • Pen specialty store with wide range of fountain pens, ink, parts, notebooks, and accessories.
    • Carries Kaweco and Omas pens among many other brands.
  • Notes to Self (Online)
    • Stationery retailer with some fountain pens and ink, FP-friendly notebooks.
    • Carries the Midori Traveler’s Notebook and Midori MD range.
  • Pen Classics (Online)
    • Pen specialty store with wide range of fountain pens, ink, parts, notebooks, and accessories.
    • Carries a lot of brands not available elsewhere in NZ, for example Organics Studio, Osprey Pens, De Atramentis, Nock Co.
  • Pepa Stationery (Online & physical)
    • Stationery retailer with a lot of FP-friendly notebooks and accessories, but not many fountain pens.
    • Carries Baron Fig notebooks and pens
    • Physical store in Christchurch.
  • Zany (Online)
    • Stationery supplier with some fountain pens, ink, and notebooks.
    • Carries Rhodia and Clairefontaine notepads and notebooks.

Whitcoulls and Paper Plus also carry some fountain pens and accessories. They’re a good way for beginners to go in and physically try out something like a Pilot Metropolitan or a Lamy Safari/Al-Star, however the range is limited and can vary between locations.

International Retailers

There are lots of great fountain pen retailers out there, however not all of them provide cheap shipping to this end of the world.

I’ve listed shops that I found to have reasonable (starting under $20 NZD) shipping to New Zealand. The prices will generally differ depending on the size and weight of a parcel. The site name links go to the page that lists shipping rates.

New Zealand/Australian Fountain Pen Groups

Other than the old staples FPN and FPGeeks, there are a few places you can go to chat about pens with fellow Oceanians:


I’ll be writing and posting reviews of various pen-related things going forward. I hope to compile a reference list of stores, including overseas, that offer reasonable shipping. Feel free to chat to me on Instagram, drop a comment, or email me.

Updated 6/6/2018: Added Pepa Stationery
Updated 10/6/2018: 
Added International Retailers table

2 thoughts on “Fountain Pens Resources for New Zealanders

  1. Liz

    Also handmade pens from felt.co.nz – think they are still making them from native woods.

    Reply

    1. Jun

      Oh, that’s a good point! I think I’ve seen the wooden ballpoints there but I don’t recall seeing fountain pens, though I haven’t checked in a while.

      Reply

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