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About Us

About Us

Wellington City Archives has over 800,000 items in its collections.  The earliest records date back to 1840 and the most recent cover the present day. 

Information about all 800,000 records (metadata) is being progressively added to Archives Online, along with a digital copy of a record, where one is available.  So far, about 15% of the holdings are digitised and we’ll get them online over the next few months.  We’ll keep adding material, so check back if what you’re looking for isn’t here yet.

Archives Online is part of a wider programme to make Wellington City Council’s archives more accessible and to offer our services online.  You’ll be able to search our holdings, from anywhere with an internet connection, anytime.  Many of our digitised records  are available for download (check the licence to see what kind of use is permitted).  You’ll also soon be able to ask us to digitise a record for you, for a fee, through the service.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for online, the original records can still be viewed at City Archives’ Wellington Office, by arrangement.


Property Search Now Live

New Building Consent Search Service

We have just launched a new online search for building permits and consents. This replaces the current building consent search form. From 9 December you are able to do your own research online, using Archives Online.

With Archives Online, you can search and identify the building permits or consents you need. This includes any issued building consents, for both residential and commercial properties.

When you’ve found what you’re looking for, you can request it via Archives Online.  Our fees remain the same. You’ll also still be able to request all information for a residential address for $55.

NOTE: Unfortunately, search results in Archives Online are very slow to load at the moment and we are really sorry about that and we are working on it. We hope you’ll bear with us while we sort out a few teething troubles with this new service. 


Why are we introducing online self-service?

Self-service empowers you to find what you need, when you need it. Over time, we will add more records to the online collection, so that you can access more of the property information you need.


What if you need help?

Archives Online is easy to use, and has a built-in help section. The team at City Archives will be there to help you if you get stuck on a complex enquiry. 


When is it happening?

On Monday 9 December 2019, the dedicated property search in Archives Online went live. 


How can I find out more?

If you would like to know more about our service changes, feel free to get in touch. You can contact us via 801-2096, or email


What's in the archives?

Family history‚Äč

Family historians and genealogy researchers can find a wealth of information at Wellington City Archives. Examples include cemetery records, staff records and rating and valuation records, and many historic photos.

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Community collections

Wellington City Archives holds collections on a number of significant individuals and organisations pertaining to the history of Wellington. Examples include the Centennial Exhibition Company, the Wellington Harbour Board, the Union Steam Ship Company, and the Historic Places Trust.

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Property archives

Our property archives include all issued building permits and consents. This often includes building plans and other construction information.  We also have correspondence files about properties that cover land use, subdivision, development of sites and much more.....