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This website is owned and managed by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. Find out more here about its purpose, disclaimer and copyright. For hints about accessing and using the site effectively across different devices, please see Helpful Hints.   

Change of name from New Zealand Historic Places Trust to Heritage New Zealand

In 2010, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage led a review of the Historic Places Act 1993 (HPA) and as a result of that work the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 was passed and came into force on 20 May 2014.  The Act includes provisions that changed how Heritage New Zealand operates, and changes to archaeological provisions.  It also formally changed our name to Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (from the New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga).

The site looks different

Importantly, it's now fully responsive (mobile device friendly) so you can access heritage information on a tablet or a smart phone now as well as the familiar desktop pc.

The site structure has changed so if you had pages bookmarked or added to your favourites, you'll need to update those links.   Use the Sitemap or the site search to help relocate those pages.  If you've linked to property page within the former Register Online database, use the List Online search.  Some pages may have been removed completely because they have become too dated.

We've mapped the New Zealand Heritage List (formerly the Register), harnessing Google maps, so you can see and explore New Zealand's special heritage places in a visual and location-based way.

We're proud to care for 43 of the country's iconic sites, and these can also be explored on a map, so you can get quick and easy directions around them.  We've presented our key places for now where we're especially sure you'll get a warm welcome, and have plenty to keep you and your family interested, amused and refreshed.  More to come soon - it's a work in progress so please bear with us a little.

Some sections have moved around a little bit - in response to user feedback and where they'd logically try to find things.  For example, you'll find membership, donations, job vacancies and other ways to get involved with Heritage New Zealand - in the "Get Involved" section.  Publications including our magazine, guidelines and newsletters are now in the "Resources" section.

If you're having trouble finding things, try the Search box, and there's also some Helpful Hints to ensure you get the best from your virtual heritage experience.

We'd love to know what you think.  Drop us a line to information@heritage.org.nz.


The information available on or through this website is intended to provide general information to the public and all reasonable effort has been made to ensure its quality, reliability and accuracy. Heritage New Zealand:

  • may change, delete, add to, or otherwise amend information contained on this website without notice
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  • None of the content of this website may be reproduced, copied, used, communicated to the public or transmitted without the express written permission of Heritage New Zealand, except for the purposes of private study, research, review or education, as provided for in the New Zealand Copyright Act 1994.
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