Visiting New Zealand

This guide was last updated in 2009

There are fewer resources available for research in New Zealand on the internet than there are for other countries such as the UK or Australia. However, there are still many websites that can be consulted in advance of any research trip.

For instance, the Archives New Zealand site will allow you to search its catalogue and order documents from the comfort of your own home.

Similarly, www.cyndislist.com/newzealand.htm will point you in the direction of other websites that may assist your research.

If you do intend to visit New Zealand, there is a lot of background research that can be completed before your trip. New Zealand is as far from the UK as you can get and so it pays to be as organised as you can to make the most of your time there.

Make sure you know what records you want to consult and find out where they are kept. Check opening times of the archives, libraries and repositories you intend to visit to make sure you will be able to access their records. Some church registers may still be in the care of the local priest and appointments may need to be made in advance to consult these documents.

The New Zealand Society of Genealogists has branches across the country and will have local expertise on the records and history of particular areas, which may assist you in your quest.

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