Not sure where to begin your research journey? Our research guides highlight our frequently used archives, organised by category.
Our archives contain records created and used by the New Zealand Government, dating from around 1840 to the recent past. These research guides highlight some of our frequently used archives. They are organised by topic, and provide details of the archives we have, how to find them, and what information they contain.
It is worth noting that our guides are not comprehensive and can only cover a small proportion of what we have. To see if we have what you need online, visit our What's been digitised page.
Archival materials are historical documents, and may contain content that is racist, sexist or otherwise offensive. The content reflects the attitudes or language of the period in which the records were created and does not reflect the views of Archives New Zealand.