What Land Record Search is
Land Record Search allows you to search for and purchase online property records such as a title, survey plan or other instrument. You can pay by credit or debit card and receive your chosen property record by email almost instantly.
You can search for records by address, title identifier, or survey number, alternatively you can use the interactive map to locate a specific parcel of land.
To search online you will need:
- a reliable internet connection
- a supported browser (for example, Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari). Internet Explorer is not supported.
Learn how to use Land Record Search - Land Record Search guide.
Hours of availability
Land Record Search is available during the Landonline hours of operation.
Delivery and cost
Land records ordered directly using Land Record Search cost $6 per record and will normally be emailed within a few minutes. In some rare occasions this can take up to 24 hours.
Survey and title fees
New fees for survey and title products and services came into effect from 1 February 2022.
Records you can search for and order
Record of title (title)
(Previously referred to as computer register or certificate of title)
- current with diagram – shows current proprietor, legal description, registered rights and restrictions, and includes a plan or diagram of the land
- historic – shows all interests registered when title created, and since; may include an image of the original paper title
- guaranteed search – current register, plus any documents recently lodged with Toitū Te Whenua but not yet formally registered; mostly used by solicitors during property dealings.
You will receive both title sheet and survey sheets (where they exist) – not all plans have both sheets.
- Title sheet – shows the plan deposited when the title was created; can be a simple plan of the boundaries, area and dimensions, or a detailed survey plan, or a combination.
- Survey sheet – shows detailed survey observations; may include a simpler plan of only the property’s boundaries, area and dimension.
An instrument includes a mortgage, easement or caveat. Current and historic instruments are listed on the title summary page. If the checkbox is greyed out, it cannot be ordered for immediate delivery and you will need to manually order the instrument.
The instrument reference is also recorded on the title or record of title it is registered against. When ordering manually, each reference needs to be named and a copy ordered separately.
What isn't held by Toitū Te Whenua
Most older records (other than land title documents)
These are now held by Archives New Zealand – use the Archives New Zealand Collections search.
Māori land records
These are held by the Māori Land Court.
Title and survey records do not contain information about the value of the property – see Other land record providers.
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.
Toitū Te Whenua cannot provide copies of building consents, resource consents or Land Information Memorandum (LIM) reports. Contact your local council.
Check the list of land record locations.
Buying a house? Check out Settled.govt.nz for useful information about the process.
What Land Record Search doesn't do
Land Record Search does not:
- provide a valuation of a property, nor previous or anticipated sales prices
- infringe on anyone’s privacy concerns. Under the Land Transfer Act, the title register is a public record. This service reduces barriers for the public to access property information.
- allow users to search by an individual’s name or in bulk, these will continue to be restricted to registered Landonline users. Note, if a land record is purchased, it may include names that are on a title.