Surveyors use field books to record measurements made 'on the job'. Field books show the bearings and distances between each survey mark involved in a survey.
Field books can date back more than 160 years. Older books may show place names and physical features (eg pa sites, hills, houses, etc). They are typically bound volumes.
LINZ holds all field books, as part of the cadastral survey database. North Island Field books up to 1972 have been digitised and are viewable online.
You can order copies of particular pages from a field book. You will need the field book reference (found on survey plans, and in old plan and field registers) and the page numbers. In some cases, knowing the surveyor's name can help you find the field book reference.
Digital archive of field books
Land Information New Zealand has now made available digitised versions of a large part of our field book collection. The digitisation project includes books for the North Island, and covers the period up to 1971. Visit the field book archive.