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Tours of Archives New Zealand

Archives New Zealand provides tours and talks for educational, professional and community groups who would like to find out what we do and about the kinds of records we hold.

We also welcome groups and individuals for self-guided visits in our Wellington office.

Wellington Office Tours

Our Wellington office can offer two guided tours a week for groups of up to 20 people. The guided tours are run for year 13 students and adults. Tours can be tailored to suit your particular interest, but we do ask that you provide at least three weeks’ notice, and alternative dates, as bookings can be heavy.

Tours are free of charge and take about half an hour to one hour.

The guided tour provides:
• An overview of Archives New Zealand’s functions and holdings
• An introduction to the Constitution Room, which houses some of our nation’s most important documents, including the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi, the Declaration of Independence and the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition.
• Tours can also be tailored to suit your particular interests.

Self-guided visits
You may visit Archives New Zealand’s Wellington office for a self-guided visit during normal opening times. Self-guided visits are ideal for school groups below Year 13, which are accompanied by their teacher. Information brochures and education resources are available for the Constitution Room.

To book a tour please complete and submit the online booking form. If you have any further questions please email us at

Education resources
Our education resources are designed for intermediate and secondary school students to use in conjunction with a visit to the Constitution Room. Packs contain posters, brochures, worksheets and information for the teacher.

You can request a pack from the Tours Coordinator email:
Regional office tours
To arrange a tour to one of our regional offices please email the relevant regional archivist: