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Covid-19 update

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga has made health and safety adjustments at our offices and properties to minimise the risk of Covid-19 infection to our visitors, members and staff.  Read more



There are more opportunities to apply for funding to care for a historic place than you might think.  Our National Heritage Preservation Incentive fund is just one.

The Mooring

Earthquake advice

Takamore site visit

Earthquakes have rocked different parts of New Zealand, causing damage to buildings and owners may be looking for some advice and support about what steps to take.

Archaeological authorities

It is unlawful to damage an archaeological site without authority. Apply to Heritage New Zealand for permission.

Investigation on a housing development



Tapuwae means "sacred footprint".  This publication expresses the Māori Heritage Council's vision for Māori heritage and its appreciation by all New Zealanders.

Tapuwae  Maori Heritage Council


We've produced a number of guidelines and information sheets to provide the professionals with advice and assistance for heritage conservation.   Check out the Archaeological Guidelines, Archaeological Digital Library and the Sustainable Heritage Management Guidance Series.  Look over the Resources section too.

Māori heritage

Our specialist Pouārahi (Māori Heritage Advisers) provide advice about the care of Māori heritage places, and assist initiatives  to preserve taonga through the Māori Buildings Conservation Programme.



Teacher resource

The Heritage Explorer resource supports teachers of year 1 to 10 students (curriculum levels 1-5). Linking with the New Zealand Curriculum, it explores ways to develop understanding about heritage, identity and why places are worth preserving.

Beyond the classroom

Where social history comes to life - our properties are a great place for learning at any age.  Some have education programmes and resources available for use on onsite and in class - Highwic and Old St Paul's are just two. 

On a quest Sweet Pea expert Croquet at Highwic



Historic places have powerful and provocative stories to tell.  Heritage New Zealand's properties are authentic, in their original settings and form a network of places to share. Inspiring and beguiling, experience our history right where it happened.

Get directions to your next heritage destination.

Driving history

The Waikato War Driving Tour and Path to Nationhood app bring history to life through totally modern devices. See history through new eyes. Buckle yourself in, use the downloadable files and maps to explore and relive key moments while you stand on the sites.

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High Street stories

Travel back in time to Christchurch's High Street before the earthquakes with the power of augmented reality. 

High Street Stories