Listed below are the locations of the most commonly used records for New Zealand's 12 land registration districts.

Where possible, our aim is to store record sets locally according to the land registration district they relate to.

Records are available either through LINZ or Archives New Zealand. Items held by Archives New Zealand will be listed in their Archway system.

Record types:

Crown grants

The original early land grants, later replaced by Certificates of Title.

A full national set of Crown grants is held at Archives New Zealand (Wellington), listed under ABWN 8090.

 

Land districtLocation
Auckland (North)Archives New Zealand (Auckland)
Auckland (South)

LINZ - request via LINZ website

Archives New Zealand (Auckland)

Hawkes BayArchives New Zealand (Wellington)
GisborneArchives New Zealand (Auckland)
TaranakiArchives New Zealand (Wellington)
WellingtonArchives New Zealand (Wellington)
CanterburyArchives New Zealand (Christchurch)
MarlboroughArchives New Zealand (Christchurch)
NelsonArchives New Zealand (Christchurch)
WestlandArchives New Zealand (Christchurch)
OtagoArchives New Zealand (Dunedin)
SouthlandArchives New Zealand (Dunedin)

Crown records

Non-survey and title records. These include Crown purchase records.

These items are being split between LINZ and Archives New Zealand. Please contact us to determine the location of the particular item required.

 

Land districtLocation
Auckland (North)Archives New Zealand (Auckland), and

LINZ - request via LINZ website
Auckland (South)

Archives New Zealand (Auckland)

LINZ - request via LINZ website

Hawkes BayArchives New Zealand (Wellington), and

LINZ - request via LINZ website
GisborneArchives New Zealand (Auckland), and

LINZ - request via LINZ website
Taranaki

Archives New Zealand (Auckland), and 

LINZ - request via LINZ website

WellingtonArchives New Zealand (Wellington), and

LINZ - request via LINZ website
CanterburyArchives New Zealand (Christchurch), and

LINZ - request via LINZ website
MarlboroughArchives New Zealand (Christchurch), and

LINZ - request via LINZ website
NelsonArchives New Zealand (Christchurch), and

LINZ - request via LINZ website
WestlandArchives New Zealand (Christchurch), and

LINZ - request via LINZ website
OtagoArchives New Zealand (Dunedin), and

LINZ - request via LINZ website
SouthlandArchives New Zealand (Dunedin), and

LINZ - request via LINZ website

Deeds

Deeds are the earliest system for transferring and dealing with land. They are the most common example of registers and indexes.

Deeds index volumes around the country have been digitised.

 

Land districtLocation
Auckland (North)

Archives New Zealand (Auckland)

Auckland (South)Archives New Zealand (Auckland)
Hawkes BayArchives New Zealand (Wellington)
Gisborne

Archives New Zealand (Auckland)

TaranakiArchives New Zealand (Wellington)
WellingtonArchives New Zealand (Wellington)
CanterburyArchives New Zealand (Christchurch)
MarlboroughArchives New Zealand (Christchurch)
NelsonArchives New Zealand (Christchurch)
WestlandArchives New Zealand (Christchurch)
Otago

Archives New Zealand (Dunedin)

Southland

Archives New Zealand (Dunedin)

 

Documents

Also known as 'instruments'. These are the legal documents dealing with sale and ownership of land which are lodged at LINZ (e.g. transfers, easements, mortgages, etc).

 

Land districtLocation
Auckland (North)LINZ - request via LINZ website
Auckland (South)LINZ - request via LINZ website
Hawkes BayLINZ - request via LINZ website
GisborneLINZ - request via LINZ website
TaranakiLINZ - request via LINZ website
WellingtonLINZ - request via LINZ website
CanterburyLINZ - request via LINZ website
MarlboroughLINZ - request via LINZ website
NelsonLINZ - request via LINZ website
WestlandLINZ - request via LINZ website
OtagoLINZ - request via LINZ website
SouthlandLINZ - request via LINZ website

 

Legalisation cards

After 1971, legalisation cards were used to reference statutory actions against parcels on survey plans (prior to 1971 statutory actions were recorded on the plan face).

These items have been digitsed and are available in Landonline. If you require urgent business access during the digitisation periods, contact us.

 

Land districtLocation
Auckland (North)

Digital copies available in Landonline (attached to plans as supporting documents)

Auckland (South)

Digital copies available in Landonline (attached to plans as supporting documents)

Hawkes Bay

Digital copies available in Landonline (attached to plans as supporting documents)

Gisborne

Digital copies available in Landonline (attached to plans as supporting documents)

Taranaki

Digital copies available in Landonline (attached to plans as supporting documents)

Wellington

Digital copies available in Landonline (attached to plans as supporting documents)

CanterburyLINZ (Christchurch Office) - request via LINZ website
MarlboroughLINZ (Christchurch Office) - request via LINZ website
NelsonLINZ (Christchurch Office) - request via LINZ website
WestlandLINZ (Christchurch Office) - request via LINZ website
Otago

Digital copies available in Landonline (attached to plans as supporting documents)

Southland

Digital copies available in Landonline (attached to plans as supporting documents)

 

Microfilm

A range of microfilm / aperture cards covering a variety of records in each land district. A full national set is held in Wellington (for ‘back up’ purposes only).

 

Land districtLocation
Auckland (North)Archives New Zealand (Auckland)
Auckland (South)LINZ (Hamilton Office) - request via LINZ website
Hawkes BayArchives New Zealand (Wellington)
GisborneArchives New Zealand (Auckland)
TaranakiLINZ (Hamilton Office) - request via LINZ website
WellingtonArchives New Zealand (Wellington)
CanterburyArchives New Zealand (Christchurch)
MarlboroughArchives New Zealand (Christchurch)
NelsonArchives New Zealand (Christchurch)
WestlandArchives New Zealand (Christchurch)
OtagoArchives New Zealand (Dunedin)
SouthlandArchives New Zealand (Dunedin)

Plans (SO, DP, ML)

Plan sequences deposited as legal representations of land. The main sequences are Survey Office (SO) Deposited Plan (DP) and Māori Land (ML). These are all available through Landonline.

 

Land districtLocation
Auckland (North)LINZ - request via LINZ website
Auckland (South)LINZ - request via LINZ website
Hawkes BayLINZ - request via LINZ website
GisborneLINZ - request via LINZ website
TaranakiLINZ - request via LINZ website
WellingtonLINZ - request via LINZ website
CanterburyLINZ - request via LINZ website
MarlboroughLINZ - request via LINZ website
NelsonLINZ - request via LINZ website
WestlandLINZ - request via LINZ website
OtagoLINZ - request via LINZ website
SouthlandLINZ - request via LINZ website

 

Plans (deeds plans)

Plans supporting the deeds records by showing land areas that have been divided up by particular deeds.

 

Land districtLocation
Auckland (North)None exist
Auckland (South)LINZ (Hamilton Office) - request via LINZ website
Hawkes BayLINZ - request via LINZ website
GisborneArchives New Zealand (Auckland)
TaranakiLINZ - request via LINZ website
WellingtonLINZ - request via LINZ website
CanterburyLINZ - request via LINZ website
MarlboroughLINZ - request via LINZ website
NelsonLINZ - request via LINZ website
WestlandLINZ - request via LINZ website
OtagoLINZ - request via LINZ website
SouthlandLINZ - request via LINZ website

 

Plans (roll plans)

Large plans stored in rolls, often some of the older plans. Many have Survey Office (SO) references and are available through Landonline.

 

Land districtLocation
Auckland (North)Archives New Zealand (Auckland)
Auckland (South)LINZ (Hamilton Office) - request via LINZ website
Hawkes BayArchives New Zealand (Wellington)
GisborneArchives New Zealand (Auckland)
TaranakiLINZ - request via LINZ website
WellingtonArchives New Zealand (Wellington)
CanterburyArchives New Zealand (Christchurch)
MarlboroughArchives New Zealand (Christchurch)
NelsonArchives New Zealand (Christchurch)
WestlandArchives New Zealand (Christchurch)
OtagoLINZ - request via LINZ website
SouthlandNone exist

 

Plan registers

Registers recording all plans as they were lodged, in numerical order.

 

Land districtLocation
Auckland (North)

LINZ (Hamilton Office) - request via LINZ website

Archives New Zealand (Auckland)

Auckland (South)

LINZ (Hamilton Office) - request via LINZ website

Archives New Zealand (Auckland)

Hawkes Bay

LINZ (Hamilton Office) - request via LINZ website

Archives New Zealand (Auckland)

Gisborne

LINZ (Hamilton Office) - request via LINZ website

Archives New Zealand (Auckland)

Taranaki

LINZ (Hamilton Office) - request via LINZ website

Archives New Zealand (Auckland)

Wellington

LINZ (Hamilton Office) - request via LINZ website

Archives New Zealand (Wellington)

Canterbury

LINZ (Christchurch Office) - request via LINZ website

Archives New Zealand (Christchurch)

Marlborough

LINZ (Christchurch Office) - request via LINZ website

Archives New Zealand (Christchurch)

Nelson

LINZ (Christchurch Office) - request via LINZ website

Archives New Zealand (Christchurch)

Westland

LINZ (Christchurch Office) - request via LINZ website

Archives New Zealand (Christchurch)

Otago

LINZ (Christchurch Office) - request via LINZ website

Archives New Zealand (Christchurch)

Southland

LINZ (Christchurch Office) - request via LINZ website

Archives New Zealand (Christchurch)

 

Provisional registers

An interim title issued for land held by the Crown or under Māori Land Court jurisdiction.

 

Land districtLocation
Auckland (North)LINZ - request via LINZ website
Auckland (South)LINZ - request via LINZ website
Hawkes BayArchives New Zealand (Wellington)
GisborneArchives New Zealand (Auckland)
TaranakiLINZ - request via LINZ website
Wellington (vols 1 - 13)LINZ - request via LINZ website
Wellington (vols 14 - 24)Archives New Zealand (Wellington)
CanterburyLINZ - request via LINZ website
MarlboroughLINZ - request via LINZ website
NelsonLINZ - request via LINZ website
WestlandLINZ - request via LINZ website
OtagoLINZ - request via LINZ website
SouthlandLINZ - request via LINZ website

 

Registers & indexes

Registers were used to record details, often cross-referencing information to other records such as plans. These include block registers, survey district registers, reserves registers, etc. Indexes are cross-references to the registers and to a wide range of other records (eg section indexes, tenure indexes). Most of this information is now available through Landonline.

These items are being split between LINZ offices and Archives New Zealand. Please contact us to determine the location of the particular item required.

 

Land districtLocation
Auckland (North)

Archives New Zealand (Auckland), and

LINZ - request via LINZ website

Auckland (South)LINZ - request via LINZ website
Hawkes Bay

Archives New Zealand (Wellington), and

LINZ  - request via LINZ website

Gisborne

Archives New Zealand (Auckland), and

LINZ - request via LINZ website

TaranakiLINZ - request via LINZ website
Wellington

Archives New Zealand (Wellington), and

LINZ - request via LINZ website

CanterburyArchives New Zealand (Christchurch), and

LINZ - request via LINZ website
MarlboroughArchives New Zealand (Christchurch), and

LINZ - request via LINZ website
NelsonArchives New Zealand (Christchurch), and

LINZ - request via LINZ website
WestlandArchives New Zealand (Christchurch), and

LINZ - request via LINZ website
OtagoArchives New Zealand (Dunedin), and

LINZ - request via LINZ website
SouthlandArchives New Zealand (Dunedin), and

LINZ - request via LINZ website

 

Survey field books & traverse book records

The earliest records of surveys. Surveyors use field books to record measurements taken in the field. Traverse books provide a record of coordinates for each survey mark within a survey.

 

Land districtLocation
Auckland (North)LINZ (Hamilton Office) - request via LINZ website
Auckland (South)LINZ (Hamilton Office) - request via LINZ website
Hawkes BayLINZ (Hamilton Office) - request via LINZ website
GisborneLINZ (Hamilton Office) - request via LINZ website
TaranakiLINZ (Hamilton Office) - request via LINZ website
WellingtonLINZ (Hamilton Office) - request via LINZ website
CanterburyLINZ (Christchurch Office) - request via LINZ website
MarlboroughLINZ (Christchurch Office) - request via LINZ website
NelsonLINZ (Christchurch Office) - request via LINZ website
WestlandLINZ (Christchurch Office) - request via LINZ website
OtagoLINZ (Christchurch Office) - request via LINZ website
SouthlandLINZ (Christchurch Office) - request via LINZ website

 

Warrants

A means of transferring land that overlaps with the Crown Grants and the use of the Land Transfer system in the 1870s. A complete national set is held in Archives New Zealand (Wellington), listed as ABWN 591.

 

Land districtLocation
Auckland (North)Archives New Zealand (Auckland)
Auckland (South)LINZ (Hamilton Office) - request via LINZ website
Hawkes BayArchives New Zealand (Wellington)
GisborneArchives New Zealand (Auckland)
TaranakiArchives New Zealand (Wellington)
WellingtonArchives New Zealand (Wellington)
CanterburyArchives New Zealand (Christchurch)
MarlboroughArchives New Zealand (Christchurch)
NelsonArchives New Zealand (Christchurch)
WestlandArchives New Zealand (Christchurch)
OtagoArchives New Zealand (Dunedin)
SouthlandArchives New Zealand (Dunedin)