About Archway

Archway is primarily an archival management system but it also acts as the Archives New Zealand online finding aid.

Archway contains descriptions of over six million records that have been transferred from government agencies to our four offices in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington. This will increase over time as additional records are added to the system.

There is also a wealth of information in Archway about the government of New Zealand from 1840 to the current day. Detailed histories of government departments, the functions they performed and the types of records they created provide an essential background for locating records, and understanding their content and purpose.

Please note that Archway contains descriptive information only; it provides online access to very few records themselves.

Archway replaces our earlier finding aid systems, including ELMS, and most of the information from these systems has been transferred to Archway.

Archway also has an ordering function. If you are registered in the repository management system you can use your reader card to order the record to view in the Archives New Zealand reading room that holds it. Please note that if you are ordering from home you must choose the day you will be viewing the record by using the dropdown box on the Archway listing. You can order up to two weeks in advance. Please see the Pre-ordering Archives page of this website for more information.