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

Archives research

You can hire a staff member to undertake your research. The fee is $30 per half hour (payable in advance). To find out how staff can help, submit a Queries and Requests Form.


The staff will advise of the charges for digital copies of documents or any photocopying needed. 

For copies of building permits and consents see the building consent search.

Photographic reproductions

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

  • High resolution images (publication quality, 5000 pixels along the longest edge) - $40 each
  • Standard resolution images (reference quality only, 300 pixels per inch or less) - $20 each

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:

9am – 4pm

Public holidays: