Jan Watts from the NZSG Canterbury Branch has created a list of some of the museums, archives, libraries, historical societies and other places of research available in the Canterbury region. 


New Zealand Society of Genealogists Canterbury Branches 


NZSG Bishopdale Branch

Address: 92 Farrington Avenue, Bishopdale, Christchurch

Email: Bishopdale@genealogy.org.nz

Contact Phone: Frances Cadman, 03 352 5605

Further Information: www.cinch.org.nz/entries/1756


NZSG Canterbury Branch

Address: Parkview Community Lounge, 75 Queenspark Drive, Parklands, Christchurch

Email: CanterburyNZ@genealogy.org.nz

Contact Phone: Sandra Serra, 03 349 3806

Website: canterburygenealogy.wordpress.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CanterburyNZGenealogy/

Library Hours: 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, 12 noon – 3 pm, 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, 1 pm – 3 pm, excluding public holidays and public holiday weekends, or by arrangement

Please Note:  We are adding additional opening hours during Conference:  Tuesday 29th May  9:00am – 12noon and if there is demand we will open Wednesday 6th June 9:00am - 12noon - Please email your intentions. 


NZSG Riccarton Branch

Address: Upper Riccarton Library, 71 Main South Road, Riccarton, Christchurch

Email: riccartongenealogy@hotmail.com

Contact Phone: Judith Pay, 03 322 6367

Further Information: www.cinch.org.nz/entries/3233


NZSG Waimakariri Branch

Address: Rangiora Brass Band Rooms, Northbrook Studios, Northbrook Road, Rangiora

Email: Waimakariri@genealogy.org.nz

Contact Phone: Gordon McIvor, 03 327 3331

Website: sites.google.com/site/waimakaririgenealogy/



Museums and Historical Societies

Akaroa Museum

Address: 71 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 

Phone: 03 304 1013

Email: akaroa.museum@ccc.govt.nz

Website: www.akaroamuseum.org.nz/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Akaroa-Museum-154992607898288/

Hours: Open 10.30 am – 4.30 pm daily


Amuri Historical Society

Address: Cob Cottage Museum, 6 Cheviot Street, Waiau

Phone: 03 315 6599

Email: amurihistoricalsociety@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/amurihistoricalsociety

Hours: Summer: Sunday, 2 pm – 4 pm; winter: closed from 30 May to 1 September.

Further Information: www.cinch.org.nz/entries/5459


Ashburton Museum/Ashburton Historical Society

Address: 327 West Street (SH 1), Ashburton

Phone: 03 307 7890

Website: www.ashburtonmuseum.co.nz

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Ashburton-Museum-236491660047564/

Hours: Open 10 am – 4 pm daily


Canterbury Museum

Address: 26 Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch Central, Christchurch

Phone: 03 366 5000

Email: info@canterburymuseum.com

Website: www.canterburymuseum.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/canterburymuseum/

Hours: Open 9 am – 5 pm daily


Cust Museum/Cust and Districts Historical Records Society

Address: Main Road, Cust

Phone: 03 312 5839

Email: ingleside.cust@gmail.com

Hours: Sunday 2 pm – 4 pm, or by arrangement

Further Information: www.nzmuseums.co.nz/account/3123


Ellesmere Historical Society

Information: www.cinch.org.nz/entries/3319. Has facilities for research – access by appointment.


Glentunnel Museum/Glentunnel Historical Society

Address: 5 Phillip Street, Glentunnel

Phone: 03 318 2423

Email: glentunnelmuseum@gmail.com

Hours: Sunday 1 pm – 4 pm during Daylight Saving Time, or by appointment

Further Information: www.nzmuseums.co.nz/account/7855


Kaiapoi Museum/Kaiapoi District Historical Society

Address: Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre, 176 Williams Street, Kaiapoi

Phone: 03 311 8919

Email: kaiapoimuseum@gmail.com

Website: kaiapoimuseum.co.nz/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kaiapoimuseum/

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday – 9 am to 5 pm, Thursday – 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday – 10 am to 2 pm,  Sunday  –  1 pm to 4 pm


Kowai Archives Society

Address: 1091 Upper Sefton Road, Balcairn – currently closed due to earthquake damage

Phone: C/- Mrs R J Hayes, 03 354 1312

Email: kowai.archives@gmail.com

Further Information: www.nzmuseums.co.nz/account/3133


Lincoln and Districts Historical Society

Address: Liffey Cottage, 20 James Street, Lincoln

Phone: 03 325 3320

Email: sec.ldhs@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LincolnandDistrictsHistoricalSociety/

Further Information: www.cinch.org.nz/entries/3209


Lyttelton Museum

Address: Building demolished in 2011 after Canterbury earthquakes. A new museum will be built at 33/35 London Street, hopefully opening late 2019.

Phone: 03 328 8972

Email: info@lytteltonmuseum.co.nz

Website: www.lytteltonmuseum.co.nz/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lytteltonmuseum

Lyttelton Museum’s collection is gradually being catalogued. See the work so far on eHive here.


New Brighton and Districts Historical Society and Museum

Address: 8 Hardy Street, New Brighton, Christchurch

Phone: 03 382 5742

Email: nbmuseum@outlook.co.nz

Hours: 1 pm to 3 pm daily

Further Information: www.nzmuseums.co.nz/account/3374


Oxford Museum

Address: 75 Main Street Oxford

Email: oxmuseumdata@gmail.com

Hours: 11 am – 4 pm every Sunday or by arrangement

Further Information: www.nzmuseums.co.nz/account/3246


Rangiora Museum/Rangiora and Districts Early Records Society

Address: 29 Good Street, Rangiora

Phone: 03 310 7356

Email: rangioraearlyrecords@xtra.co.nz

Hours: Sunday and Wednesday, 1.30 pm – 4 pm

Further Information: www.nzmuseums.co.nz/account/3061


Sumner Museum/Sumner-Redcliffs Historical Society

Address: Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre, cnr Wakefield Avenue and Nayland Street, Sumner

Email: sumner.museum@xtra.co.nz

Further Information: www.cinch.org.nz/entries/3414


Waipara County Historical Society Museum

Address: 34 High Street, Hawarden

Email: ewart.fam@amuri.net

Hours: Museum opens on request. Read instructions on door for key and phone 03 314 4160 to have it opened.

Further Information: www.cinch.org.nz/entries/418



Ashburton Public Library

Address: Cnr Havelock and West Streets, Ashburton

Phone: 03 308 7192

Email: library@adc.govt.nz

Website: www.ashburtondc.govt.nz/services/library/

Hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 8 pm, Saturday 10 am to 1 pm, Sunday 1 pm to 4 pm


Christchurch City Libraries

Locations: christchurch.bibliocommons.com/locations/list/

Phone: 03 941 7923

Email: library@ccc.govt.nz

Website: my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/

The Family History Centre at Central Library Manchester houses family history resources, microfilm newspapers and Ngā Pounamu Māori and the Ngāi Tahu collections. The collection’s unique resource is the Church Register Transcripts. The guides to BirthsMarriages and Deaths give further details of what the registers can provide.


Macmillan Brown Library

Location: University of Canterbury, Ilam Road, Christchurch

Phone: 03 369 4499 (extn 94499)

Email: macbrown@libr.canterbury.ac.nz

Website: www.canterbury.ac.nz/library/libraries/macmillan-brown-library/


Selwyn District Libraries

Locations: www.selwynlibrary.co.nz/about-us

Email: selwyn.library@selwyn.govt.nz

Website: www.selwynlibrary.co.nz


Waimakariri District Libraries

Locations: libraries.waimakariri.govt.nz/about/locations-and-hours

Phone: 03 311 8901

Email: library@wmk.govt.nz

Website: libraries.waimakariri.govt.nz/



Anglican Diocesan Archives

Phone: 03 365 9444

Email: archivesdiochch@anglicanlife.org.nz

Website: anglicanlife.org.nz/archives/

Hours: Each Wednesday from 1 pm – 4.30 pm. Access by appointment only.


Archives New Zealand

Address: 90 Peterborough Street, Christchurch

Phone: 03 377 0760

Email: christchurch@archives.govt.nz

Website: www.archives.govt.nz

Hours: The public reading room hours are Monday – Friday, 9.30 am – 1 pm


Catholic Diocese of Christchurch Archives

Location: Cathedral House, Unit 2/9 Washington Way, Sydenham, Christchurch

Phone: 03 366 9869

Email: archives@chch.catholic.org.nz

Website: archives.chchcatholic.nz/

Facebook: facebook.com/christchurchdiocesanarchives/


Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives

Location: Weteriana House, 50 Langdons Road, Christchurch

Phone:  03 366 6049 ext 831

Email: archives@methodist.org.nz

Website: www.methodist.org.nz/archives


Presbyterian Archives

Email: pcanzarchives@prcknox.org.nz

Website: www.archives.presbyterian.org.nz

Facebook: facebook.com/presbyterianarchivenz/


Cemeteries/Burial Records

Ashburton District

Cemetery Search: infoservices.adc.govt.nz/Cemeteries/

Cemetery Locations: infoservices.adc.govt.nz/Cemeteries/Maps


Christchurch City

Cemetery Search: heritage.christchurchcitylibraries.com/Cemeteries/

Cemetery Locations: ccc.govt.nz/services/cemeteries/map-of-christchurch-cemeteries/#10/-43.6351/172.7813


Hurunui District

Cemetery Search: www.hurunui.govt.nz/not-in-the-menu/cemetery-search/

Cemetery Locations: www.hurunui.govt.nz/services/community-facilities/cemeteries/


Selwyn District

Cemetery Search: rates.selwyn.govt.nz/cemeteries/plot_records/search

Cemetery Locations: www.selwyn.govt.nz/facilities-and-parks/cemeteries/cemetery-sites


Waimakariri District

Cemetery Search: www.waimakariri.govt.nz/services/cemeteries/search-cemetery-records

Cemetery Locations: www.waimakariri.govt.nz/services/cemeteries/cemetery-locations


Family History and Genealogy Groups

Darfield Genealogy and Local History Group

Address: 1 South Terrace, Darfield

Phone: 03 318 7424

Email: darfieldgenealogylhg@gmail.com

Website: darfieldgenealogy.org.nz/

Hours: Resource room: Wednesday and Saturday, 10 am – 12 noon


LDS Family History Centre

Address: 17 Fendalton Road, Fendalton, Christchurch

Phone: 03 355 6874 (only during opening hours)

Email: nz_christchurch@ldsmail.net

Website: www.familysearch.org

Hours: Tuesday 10 am- 2 pm and 7 pm- 9 pm


Family History Society of New Zealand

Address: 401A Papanui Road, Christchurch

Phone: 03 352 4506

Email: familyhistory.nz@hotmail.com

Website: www.familyhistorynz.org/

Hours: Monday 10 am – 12 noon and Saturday 10 am – 12 noon