Visiting our Reading Rooms

The Archives New Zealand reading rooms allow researchers to view original records which have been created by the New Zealand Government and deposited with Archives New Zealand.

If you wish to view records in person Archives New Zealand operates four reading rooms in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin.

To prepare for your visit to an Archives New Zealand reading room please see the Archives New Zealand forms and information sheets. These forms and guidelines will help you understand the processes and procedures in the Archives New Zealand reading rooms.

We can also advise you on doing your own research at Archives New Zealand, whether you are visiting a reading room or researching from home.

Getting to an Archives New Zealand office

Each Archives New Zealand office has disabled parking available on-site. Please contact our offices before you visit to ensure a disabled park is reserved for you.

Archives New Zealand’s Wellington office does not offer general on-site parking. However, the office is located within easy walking distance of the train station and central bus exchange.

The Dunedin office has six free carparks, one disabled persons carpark, and all are sign-posted at the street vehicle entrance. The appropriate bus routes are: Normanby, Opoho, Pine Hill - get off at Albany Street stop - one minute walk north.

The Auckland office can be accessed by catching the 380 Airporter Bus. Stop 2041 when coming from Auckland Airport, and stop 2052 when arriving from Onehunga Train Station.

Reader card required

Please remember to always have your reader card with you when visiting Archives New Zealand. Before viewing any record in one of our reading rooms you must first present your card at the issues and returns desk.

If you have lost your card or do not yet have a card, please bring photo ID to the relevant reading room and a new one can be provided.