Wellington City Archives is a primary information resource for the history of Wellington.
The archives of Wellington City Council and its predecessors in local government represent the bulk of the holdings.
You can search archives items including:
- documents, files and correspondence
- photographs of Council and city life
- Council publications
- maps and plans of the city.
Wellington City Archives also collects the records of notable individuals and organisations who have made a significant contribution to the life and development of Wellington.
Archives services and facilities include:
- a reading room for researchers
- access to a database of holdings and scanned images
- staff to help you research
- copying of historical documents and photographs (fees apply)
- a research service if you cannot visit in person (fees apply).
Staff can carry out targeted enquiries for you for a fee, but we suggest you visit our facilities for more extensive research.
For building plans, permits or consent records use the Council's Building Plan Search Service.
Building Plan Search Service
Make an appointment
Before you visit, contact the Archive. Staff will first discuss your research needs, identify items of use, and arrange an appointment for you to visit and view.
Access to archives is not available on demand.
Archives Queries and Requests Form
Location and contact
||28 Barker Street (off Cambridge Terrace)
PO Box 2199
||(04) 801 2096
||Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 5pm
Entry to the archive is free.