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Support New Zealand’s heritage and enjoy great opportunities to explore our unique and wonderful places. Our members help provide vital funding for our heritage preservation work around the country, including caring for the 48 historic places we manage.

Membership benefits

We've got some fantastic membership benefits for you:

  • A free subscription to the award-winning Heritage New Zealand (quarterly) magazine
  • Free normal admission to properties cared for by Heritage New Zealand throughout New Zealand* and 10% off merchandise at our properties and in our online Shop.
  • Exclusive discounts on products and services such as domestic tours & accommodation, and home improvement products
  • Free (or reduced) ordinary admission* to hundreds of heritage properties overseas.

You must present your valid membership card in order to obtain admission to overseas properties, and goods and services provided by third parties. We don't provide electronic verification of your membership status as an alternative.

Surcharges may apply for special events and exhibitions and use of other amenities. Parking not included.

Find the membership type for you – or as a gift for someone else - online

Use this form to join online today as an individual, couple or family for one year, multiple years, or for life.  Use the same form to renew your membership (just tick the relevant box at the top of the form).   Your credit card details (Visa, Mastercard or American Express) are sent through a secure server and all membership applications are processed at our national office in Wellington. 

Use this form to gift a membership to a family member or friend for one year, or renew on their behalf for as long as you wish. Just tick the relevant box at the top of the form.

If you'd prefer to fax or mail a form to us, or join over the phone, please contact our Membership Advisor (details below).

Membership cardholder(s) resident in New Zealand:

  • Family (two adults at same address, and includes school-age children if you have any) $69
  • Individual $64
  • Joint Senior Citizen (retired person 60 years or over, plus one other person at same address) $50
  • Senior Citizen (retired person 60 years or over) $45
  • Student (full time)/Unwaged $45
  • Life $995
  • Joint Life (two adults at same address) $1295.

Membership cardholder(s) resident overseas:

  • Family (two adults at same address, and includes school-age children if you have any) $350
  • Individual $200
Memberships also available for corporates/businesses, local authorities, libraries, iwi, and schools. Contact our Membership Advisor for information.

Please note: membership fees are not refundable; prices include GST and are set by the Board.  These fees are effective from 20 May 2019.

Print and post

If you'd rather not pay online, or you'd like to pay by cheque please contact our Membership Services Advisor to arrange for a form to be emailed or posted to you.   You can complete that form by saving it to your computer first and then completing it.  Or just print it out and complete it by hand.  Please don't email us the pdf form instead - this isn't secure enough for your credit card details.  

Post the form (remember to include your remittance) to:

Membership Services
Heritage New Zealand
Freepost 3206
PO Box 2629
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

Or Fax to: +64 4 499 0669.

Multi-year membership

Resident in New Zealand?  Take out a five year membership (or renew for a five year period), we'll give you an additional six months free!  

Membership fee increase for overseas residents

For the first time in 11 years, we have increased our prices on some categories of membership so they reflect the truer value of the membership package we offer.    We have also removed some categories to make it easier for us to manage and for you to join or renew.  The changes will most affect those who live outside New Zealand.

The changes follow an investigation into our membership programme charges and costs.  Factors such as postal charges – which have risen exponentially – are impacting us. It was also clear that there was a significant gap between the charges Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga sets for access to New Zealand and overseas properties and historic places, and those of our sister organisations overseas like English Heritage and the National Trust.  Unfortunately it has become apparent that there is an increasing number of people living overseas who are using our membership programme simply to enjoy the reciprocal access to properties and events managed by organisations such as English Heritage and National Trust.  Many people were not aware about, or supportive of, our work in New Zealand.

We believe the new prices create a like-for-like market for people supporting heritage.  Our aim is to promote the message that people overseas can, and should, support their local heritage agencies.   The changes enable us to focus more prominently on our New Zealand-based members (and potential new members), as well as overseas members who enjoy visiting and experiencing the unique heritage in New Zealand.

Other charges

Express service: For an additional $20, express service permits priority processing of your application within five working days.  Additional time must be allowed for delivery. Express service applies only to delivery to New Zealand address.

Replacement card: A worn, lost or stolen card can be replaced for just $5 including postage at ordinary mail rates.  Requests for urgent replacement may incur additional charges.

Extra card: For joint or family memberships only, a second card for a partner or family member can be convenient and costs just $5.  An additional card must be purchased at the same time you join or renew your membership and will be mailed to a New Zealand address.  If purchased separately, an additional charge may apply for postage and handling.  Extra cards are not available for 'individual' categories of membership.  

A second card for a joint/family membership for those normally resident overseas is included within the overseas membership fee. 

Parking: NZHPT and Heritage New Zealand membership cards cannot be used as parking vouchers at any property here or overseas.

Postal charges: Additional charges apply for international deliveries:

  • $100 per annum for four issues of the magazine delivered (via airmail) to an address outside New Zealand. 

Processing time and delivery

We normally aim to process and post your new membership pack including your personalised membership card within five - seven working days.  Your membership pack including your card will be mailed to the address your nominate as your primary postal address.  Increased demand for services ahead of holiday periods usually extends our processing times so we appreciate your patience at these times.   An express service for priority processing is available at an extra charge for applications for delivery to a New Zealand address only. 

Mail delivery dates and schedules regretfully are outside our control.  New Zealand Post aims to deliver 95% of standard domestic mail within three working days, but rural or remote area delivery will take longer. Express service does not guarantee faster delivery to your door although we will normally use a courier rather than post to improve delivery times for this option.

International mail involves other providers so please allow at least 21 days for most overseas deliveries. If you have not received your membership pack, please contact our Membership Advisor for a replacement membership card.  

Advisory notice: The processing plus delivery time for standard membership (new and renewing) at this of year is a minimum of three - four weeks.   We cannot guarantee delivery of cards in time for public holiday periods such as Easter or Christmas.

Accessing membership benefits: your card

The agreements we have with all our partners and providers of membership privileges require presentation of a valid membership card in order to obtain the goods or services.  Our suppliers and international partners may ask you for additional identification. We do not provide electronic or other verification of your membership as an alternative to presentation of your membership card so you can visit international properties or otherwise access good and services provided by third parties while you await delivery of your membership card.

Need to change your address or other contact details?

Please contact our Membership Advisor on 0800 802 010 or email  Include your membership number if you can, your name, your old address and your new address and any other details that need updating.   Let us know when your new address or other changes become effective.

Contact our Membership Advisor

Call us on +64 4 472 4341 or freephone 0800 802 010 (NZ only), fax us on +64 4 499 0669 or email  

Membership Services
Heritage New Zealand
Freepost 3206
PO Box 2629
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

Membership Services is open business days from 8.30am - 5.00pm.

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