What Land Record Search is
Land Record Search allows you to search for and buy property records such as a title (previously called certificates of title or computer registers), survey plan or other instrument. You can pay by credit or debit card and we will email you the property record.
You can search for records by address, title identifier, or survey number. You can also use the interactive map to locate a specific parcel of land.
Hours of availability
Land Record Search is available during the standard Landonline operating hours.
Delivery and cost
Land records ordered through Land Record Search cost $6 per record. Records are normally emailed within a few minutes of ordering, but this can sometimes take up to 24 hours.
Survey and title fees
Our fees for survey and title products and services were updated on 1 February 2022.
Records you can search for and order
Record of title (title)
A record of title used to be known as a certificate of title or computer register.
- Title without diagram – shows the current registered owner, legal description, and registered rights and restrictions.
- Title with diagram – shows the same information as a title without diagram, plus a plan or diagram of the land.
- Historic title – shows all interests registered since the title was created, and may include an image of the original paper title.
- Guaranteed search – shows the same information as a title with diagram, plus any pending documents recently lodged with Toitū Te Whenua but not yet registered on the title. This is mostly used by practitioners during property dealings.
You will receive both title sheet and survey sheets, if they exist.
- Title plan – shows the plan deposited when the title was created. This may be a simple plan showing boundaries, area and dimensions, a detailed survey plan, or a combination of the two.
- Survey plan (CSD plan) – shows detailed survey observations. It may include a simple plan of the property’s boundaries, area and dimension.
An instrument is a document recorded on a record of title that describes a property right or restriction. This includes mortgages, easements and caveats.
Current and historic instruments are listed on the title summary page. If the checkbox beside an instrument is greyed out, it cannot be ordered for immediate delivery but you can manually order it.
The instrument reference is also recorded on the record of title it is registered against. When ordering manually, each reference needs to be named, and each must be ordered separately.
What isn’t held by Toitū Te Whenua
Most older records (other than land title documents)
Older records are now held by Archives New Zealand.
Māori land records
Māori land records are held by the Māori Land Court.
Title and survey records do not contain information about the value of the property, but this information is available from other sources.
Other property information
Toitū Te Whenua does not provide information about property sales and does not prepare due diligence reports. Contact a lawyer or property agent for these.
Toitū Te Whenua cannot provide copies of building consents, resource consents or Land Information Memorandum (LIM) reports.
Buying a house? The website Settled.govt.nz has a lot of useful information about the process.
What Land Record Search doesn’t do
Land Record Search does not provide a valuation of a property, or information on previous or anticipated sales prices.
It doesn’t infringe on anyone’s privacy concerns. Under the Land Transfer Act 2017, the land titles register is a public record and Land Record Search provides access to the register.
Land Record Search does not let users search for an individual’s name or do bulk searches. When a land record is purchased, it will include the names of owners and other interest holders that are recorded on the title.