Wellington City Archives is a primary information resource for the history of Wellington.

Archives closed

The City Archives is closed to the public from 8am to 12pm on Friday 26 May.

We are unable to respond to enquiries during this time.

You can still email your requests to or leave us a message on 04 801 2096.

Building plans, permits and consents

If you are looking for building plans, or information about building permits or consents, you can make a request for these through the Building Consent Search Service.

Accessing the Archives

The Archives is free to visit, but you must book in advance. Some services incur fees. You can also ...

What's in the Archives?

Dating back to 1842 when Wellington became the first site of local government in New Zealand, the ar...