Links - local history

On this page:


  • Northland Memorials
  • Auckland Memorials
  • Northland entry from Te Ara - includes historical information about the region and entries on all the main towns. See also Auckland entry.
  • Clipper and sailing ships which voyaged to Auckland, New Zealand from the British Isles
    Arrivals list and stories associated with the great sailing ships, which voyaged to Auckland, New Zealand from Great Britain until the early 1900s. Includes ship descriptions, terms and history.
  • Kauri Museum - Focuses on the history the Kauri Gum industry in Northland.
  • Auckland Museum.
  • Te Awamutu Museum.
  • Albert Park air raid shelters
    Provides information about the maze of tunnels built underneath Albert Park, Auckland, in 1941. Includes maps and an account of a journey into the tunnels in 1996. Photographs of the journey and general photographs are available. A brief history of Albert Park is also included.
  • Otuataua Stonefields on Auckland Council
  • Cultural heritage inventory
  • Auckland City Council
    Enter historic in search engine to get articles on heritage
  • Auckland's Queen Street (NZ Geographic)
  • Devonport History & Heritage
  • Helensville History
  • Art Deco Society of Auckland
  • Auckland City Libraries site - Includes local history resources and brief histories of Auckland, Manukau, North Shore and Waitakere cities and Rodney District. Also a list of archives held by the Auckland City Council.
  • Auckland City Libraries databases - Including: Auckland City Street Names; Auckland Passengers Arrivals 1840-1882; Auckland Police Census 1842-1846; Cemetery records - Hillsborough - Ostend, Waiheke - Otahuhu Public - Waikaraka; C.I.T.Y (search for contact details of clubs and groups in the greater Auckland Area); Heritage Images Online; Iwidex (an index to the sources of information on tribal history, tikanga-a-iwi, and whakapapa held in the Heritage and Research Collections); Local History, Arts and Music Index (a unique index to Auckland area local history, art, theatre, film and music references from 1996 to date); Symonds Street Cemetery Records and the 1897 Address to Queen Victoria which lists the 25,000 children from the Auckland Education District who signed a congratulatory address to Queen Victoria on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.
  • Auckland City Libraries Special Collections - Auckland map, photograph and ephemera collections.
  • Pearl's pad
    Genealogy. Some transcriptions, especially for the Auckland, Bay of Islands and Coromandel areas.
  • Includes a brief history of Helensville.
  • Manukau's Journey - A chronology of more than 1500 selected and significant events in the history of Manukau City and adjoining areas, in some cases with bibliographic sources, maps, photographs and source documents attached. Part of the Manukau Libraries web-site.
  • Heritage Images Online
    Three significant collections from Auckland City Libraries have been catalogued and scanned for availability through the Heritage Images Online database.
  • Howick Historical Village
    Howick Historical Village is a living museum which recreates the early settlement of Auckland, especially the Fencible settlement of Howick in the 1850s. Information includes for intending visitors and teachers.
  • A history of Onehunga - This site contains information regarding the early settlement of Onehunga, and historical information, including passenger lists. Provided by Russell Carter. See also the Onehunga Business Association website for an abridged version of the Janice Mogford's History of Onehunga and information about local heritage walks.

Waikato / Bay of Plenty

East Coast / Hawke's Bay

King Country/Taranaki




West Coast


  • Otago entry on Te Ara
  • Otago memorials
  • Otago nominal index to 1876
    An index to names in documents held by the Hocken Library, Dunedin, New Zealand. A joint project between the Hocken Library and the Dunedin Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists.
  • Hocken Library
    The Hocken Library is one of the foremost historical research libraries in New Zealand. It was established in 1910 when Dr Thomas Morland Hocken gave his private collection to the University of Otago, in trust for the people of New Zealand. The Library collects widely in relation to the history and culture of New Zealand, the Pacific and Antarctica, and has a special emphasis on the regions of Otago and Southland. The research collections include: archives, manuscripts, books, pamphlets, newspapers, maps, periodicals, paintings, drawings, photographs, music, and film.The site gives details of the collections, access to its catalogue for unpublished material (and a link to the University of Otago Library's catalogue for published material), lists publications, and has links to related sites.
  • I am Dunedin
    News and information about Dunedin, its history, attractions and events; and information about the Dunedin City Council's activities, services and cultural and recreational facilities. Includes an online business directory, a recreation directory, a link to the online library catalogue, photographs and maps. Council bylaws, rates book, plans and news bulletins are available online.
  • Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
    The Toitu Otago Settlers Museum celebrates all the peoples of Otago including indigenous Maori, the Chinese who came initially to work the goldfields in the 19th century, and successive waves of migrant groups. The museum provides educational programmes and walking tours of Dunedin.
  • Passenger arrivals at Port Chalmers, New Zealand, March 1848 - January 1851 : an expanded and corrected version of Dr Hocken's lists
    John MacGibbon has taken the passenger lists of ships arriving in Port Chalmers (1848-1851), compiled by Dr Hocken, and created a database of names accessible by ship and date. There are links to sites of passenger lists, and other genealogical interests.
  • Passenger ships arriving in Australasian ports : New Zealand shipping
    An index of passenger ships arriving in New Zealand between 1839 and 1905. The lists are derived from Sir Henry Brett's "White Wings" Auckland : Brett Printing Co., 1924-1928.
  • New Zealand yesteryears
    Provides information of interest to genealogists, with an emphasis on Southland. Includes shipping information, images, archives, a timeline of NZ history, recommended NZ links, and a glossary of Maori names.
  • Southern People: a dictionary of Otago Southland biography - Southern People collects together stories of the multitude of interesting people who have lived in Otago and Southland.
  • Historic Oamaru - Contains information about the town's recent Heritage Celebration events, more substantial historical information is planned soon. Provided by the Oamaru Civic Whitestone Trust and affiliates.
  • The Caversham project - An intensive study of the Dunedin suburb carried out at Otago University.
  • A brief history of Andersons Bay

Southland and Beyond

How to cite this page

'Local history links', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 5-Oct-2021