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.
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.
Entry to the archive is free.
Search the archives
You can search the archives online.
Once you have identified the records you wish to view from the database, you can then make an appointment to visit us to see the items themselves. Our reference staff may also be able to find more records relevant to your research.
For building plans or building permits and consents use the building consent search.
Make an appointment before visiting
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
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- copying of historical documents and photographs (fees apply)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).
If you are unable to visit in person, our staff can undertake targeted research enquiries. The fee for this is $30 per half-hour.
Use the Archives queries and requests form or contact us to discuss your research needs.