The Archives is free of charge for visitors to complete historical research. Fees apply on the some services. Booking is essential.

Archives research

You can hire a staff member to undertake your research. The fee is $27.50 per half hour (payable in advance). To find out how staff can help, submit a Queries and Requests Form.

Building plan

For building plans, permits or consent records for commercial purposes or because you are buying or altering a house, use the Council's Building Plan Search Service.


You can't remove archive materials from the building. Staff photocopy archive documents on site; however, some documents are too fragile to photocopy.

Black and white copying prices:

  • A0 copy $8.50
  • A1 copy $4.50
  • A2 copy $4.50
  • A3 copy $0.80
  • A4 copy $0.50

For colour copying prices, contact the Archives.

Photographic reproductions

Reproductions of photographs in the Archives collection are provided in digital format on CD.

  • High resolution images (publication quality, 5000 pixels along the longest edge) - $37.50 each
  • Standard resolution images (reference quality only, 300 pixels per inch or less) - $18.50 each

LGOIMA and LGA requests

Wellington City Archives charge for archive items requested under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA) and Local Government Act (LGA).

Complete a Queries and Requests Form to discuss your search request with staff.

More information

Location map.



Before you visit, contact the Archive. Staff will first discuss your research needs and identify items of use.

Wellington City Archives

Phone (04) 801 2096
Email archives@wcc.govt.nz
Postal Address PO Box 2199
Wellington 6140
Street Address 28 Barker Street (off Cambridge Terrace)
Wellington 6011
Monday – Friday:

8.30am – 5pm