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.


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.

Public transport

Reader card 

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. You can also register for a reader card in advance to collect when you visit one of our offices.