Searching Passenger Lists

The Passenger Lists held by Archives New Zealand:

  • New Zealand Company: 1838-1853. These include arrivals to Wellington, Nelson, and New Plymouth. The lists contain the names of the labourers who were recruited to support the development of the settlement. They usually do not include the New Zealand Company shareholders.
  • Assisted Immigration to Canterbury: 1855-1870. During this period, assisted immigration was managed by the Provincial Governments. Only those from Canterbury have survived.
  • Assisted Immigration to the whole country: 1870-1888.
  • Commercial passenger lists and some crew lists, collected by customs: 1883-1973. These are patchy until around 1910 when they were more systematically collected.

Passenger List Searches

In a joint project between Archives New Zealand and Family Search of Utah, all the passenger lists held at Archives New Zealand have been digitised and are available through the Family Search web-site. These lists are being indexed by volunteers from the records on the Family Search web site. The indexing is complete only for the assisted immigrant programme through to 1888. The remaining passenger lists are being progressively indexed by name with new entries being added all the time. So if you are initially unsuccessful with a search do try again periodically.

Search the indexes for these digitised lists by Name

New Zealand Immigration Passenger Lists 1855 - 1973


Searching by name on the FamilySearch website.


Family Search NZ Passengers Search


Volunteer to Index Passenger Lists from your own computer

Indexing the remaining passenger lists depends upon volunteers who are committed to making these lists name searchable. It can be done from your own computer and takes only a few minutes. If you are interested in participating learn how by clicking the link.

Learn how to index passenger lists. 

Learn how to index passenger lists.


Guide to indexing passenger lists (HTML)