Nightingale Library Memorial will be closed for refurbishment from 26 July to 15 October.

Land and Property

Local Resources

Ancestors’ Attic

Golden Bay Museum

  • Early local government records, rate books, valuation assessments, wharfages, maps. Takaka Dairy Company records.

John Mitchell

Motueka District Museum

  • Land Deeds- indexed collection of many local area

Nelson City Council

  • Local body records and information. Building permits from approximately 1900 onwards plus water, drainage and electricity records. More information.

Nelson Family History Centre

  • England & Wales - Owners of land, by county, 1873
  • Ireland - Owners of land in Ireland 1876; Griffith's Valuation Lists (1820-64) & Index (1848-64)
  • Scotland - Services of Heirs

Nelson Provincial Museum

  • Rate books and valuation assessments of Nelson City 1857-1878, 1910-1949 and Tahunanui, 1933-1950.
  • Maps showing numbered sections throughout the Nelson Land District. Appointments preferred for access to the map collection.
  • A selection of cancelled deeds and land transfer documents relating to properties in the Nelson Land District and name index currently being compiled.

Nelson Public Libraries

  • Rating rolls and valuation assessments for Nelson 1996 – present.
  • Early street directories.
  • Telephone books 1941 to present.

National Resources

Archives New Zealand

  • Deeds system records
    1840-1924 Nelson, Marlborough, Westland and Canterbury Land Districts. On Archway use advanced search and the records search path. In the accession field enter CH1034 for the Nelson Land District and search. From the results, look for the statement “Digitised record available” click on this statement to download file

Land Information New Zealand

  • Various types of land records. Historical records are described here.
  • Land under the Land Transfer system eg certificates of title, is dealt with by LINZ on Landonline.

Maori Land On-line

  • Current ownership, trustee, memorial and block information for land that falls within the jurisdiction of the Māori Land Court.