Our resources also include a useful links page and our newsletters.

Wellington historic buildings to visit

Some of Wellington’s historic buildings can be regularly visited (although some require a guided tour). Click the links for more information:

Old St Paul’s Church; Parliament Buildings; Old Government Buildings; Supreme Court; Katherine Mansfield Birthplace; Government House; St Gerard’s Monastery; St Peter’s Church; Wellington Museum (including Nairn Street Cottage); Futuna Chapel, KaroriGolder Cottage, Upper Hutt; Paekakariki Station Museum, Paekakariki, Kapiti coast, Silver Stream heritage railway, Upper Hutt.

Wellington’s historic listed buildings

To see if a building is listed as historic by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (formerly NZ Historic Places Trust) click the link to search.

Local councils also maintain a heritage list as part of their District Plans – see our useful links page for links to the councils in Wellington region.

You can search the buildings on the Wellington City Council’s list here: Please be aware that not every building on the Council’s heritage schedule is yet included in the inventory. If you need to be sure a building is scheduled, we suggest you check the council’s schedule – see our useful links page.

Wellington City Council published this brochure on heritage-shop-fronts and a history of Wellington.

You can read some of the history of the Basin Reserve here (part 1) and here (part 2).

Wellington heritage walks

Wellington City Council has developed a number of self-guided heritage walks. You can find an overview map here (PDF). And at this link you will find several individual heritage walking trails.

The Sisters of Compassion, a Catholic order founded by Suzanne Aubert, has developed a self-guided walking tour of Wellington sites of interest. You can find a PDF copy here.

Two Wellington maps with an architecture focus are available here: (Roger Walker guide)

Heritage New Zealand Resources

Heritage New Zealand also has a resources page with a lot of useful information.


Online archaeological report library: The digital library contains over 7500 reports dating from the 1950s until today, with more reports being added all the time. This is one of the most important sources of archaeological information about places in the country, and a huge repository of information that will be of interest to many people. Explore the online Archaeological Reports Digital Library for yourself – just follow the link.


To further promote the ongoing protection and future of significant historic and heritage sites, the Government has broadened the eligibility criteria of the National Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund (NHPIF) that Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga administers on its behalf.

From 1 May 2018, applications are open to all private property owners of places listed on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero, with the exception of historic areas. This includes Category 1 and Category 2 properties, as well as sites of significance to Māori. More information is available on this website


The Government’s fund called Heritage EQUIP opened for applications on 15 December 2016.  You can find more at this link: 

Applications are welcome from owners of all privately-owned Category 1 Heritage New Zealand listed buildings across the country and for Category 2 listed heritage buildings in areas of high to medium seismic risk. “Grants are available for minor works under the Retrofit component of the fund, as well as for larger projects.”

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment also has material about earthquake strengthening on its website. Including information about the unreinforced masonry buildings securing fund.

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Historic Places Aotearoa

Blue plaque exampleBlue Plaques. This is an initiative of our national body, Historic Places Aotearoa to identify and promote our built heritage. The large cast aluminium plaques are designed to be placed prominently on the facades of important heritage buildings. Here is a letter in support of blue plaques from Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga: HPA Blue Plaque – Recommendation_Oct2020.  Contact us if you own a heritage building and are interested in a blue plaque.


Issues of Oculus can be downloaded from our useful links page. This is the newsletter of Historic Places Aotearoa.

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The newsletters of the Wellington Region Heritage Promotion Council are available from the WRHPC website library.