Helpful hints

These tips may help you view and print the pages of this website more effectively.  This website has been formatted to be fully responsive (mobile-friendly) so you can view it easily on desktop, tablet or smart phone.

Refreshed site

This website was refreshed and released in March 2014.  The site was further updated to reflect the change of name to Heritage New Zealand approximately two months later.  

The site structure changed and many pages have different file names, so if you have 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 details page within the former "Register Online" database, use the List search to update the link to the entry on the List.  Some pages may have been removed completely because they have become too dated.

General site changes

Heritage New Zealand makes changes to this website to improve functionality and the user experience.  Your browser’s cache temporarily stores images, scripts, and other parts of websites you visit in order to speed up your browsing experience. This can affect your experience of any website the next time you visit, especially where changes may have been made to it since your last visit.  

If you are having trouble using this website or any part of it, it may be that you need to clear your browser’s cache first for the changes to take effect. Refer to your browser’s help function for further guidance on how to clear your cache.

Screen Settings

This website has been designed to be viewed at a screen setting of 1280 x 1024  pixels for desktop.   It is formatted to automatically respond to mobile devices including tablets and smart phones and display content in a way that suits the type of device and its orientation.  

To change your screen settings, click your right mouse button while on your pc's desktop. From the menu select Screen Resolution. The menu will allow you to adjust the resolution of your monitor.

Now the site is fully responsive (mobile friendly), please understand that it is not possible to adjust the site experience to suit all available platforms, makes and models of devices and we cannot preduct how individual users may have set up their devices to suit personal needs. Heritage New Zealand has tried to provide for the majority of our users based on site statistics.  

Supported browsers

The following browsers are supported as at March 2014.  When new versions are released, the site is checked after releases have stabilised, adjustments made where necessary. 

  • Internet Explorer 8 - PC only
  • Internet Explorer 9 & 10 - PC, tablet and phone
  • Chrome x> - PC, tablet and phone
  • Mozilla Firefox x> - PC only
  • Safari 5.0 (iOS) - Apple, ipad, iphone
  • Android webkit - tablet, phone.


Most pages in this site have been optimised to print in portrait (vertical) format, with much of the navigation removed.  Please use your browser’s Print tool to print.  You can use the  Print Preview feature to check for the layout and page breaks.

Improving your experience of our website

Elements within this site may require you to enable flash and/or javascript for the most effective viewing of the site content.  

You can change the text size on our website if you are having trouble reading it.  To change the text size in recent versions of the three major browsers:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer users: select 'View', then 'Text size', then select desired size.   You can also select 'Page' then 'Zoom' to increase or decrease the size.
  • Chrome and Firefox users: select  'View', then 'Zoom' then select desired size. Text size (100%) is the default original text size.

If you’re a Windows user with a scroll-wheel mouse, you can use ‘Ctrl’ and the scroll-wheel to increase text size. If you use another browser, look at its help section for tips on increasing text size.

If you do not use a mouse, you can use this website with your keyboard instead. If you use Windows, press Ctrl + tab key, then use the tab key to move to the link you want.

Text descriptions (as ALT text) have been added to images, describing their content so that everyone can access them.

Sharing your location

Some pages within the site carry mapping which is based on google maps.  These pages are trying to geolocate you so you have a ready reference point for exploring historic places on the List (formerly known as the Register), and also in the case of our properties, assisting google maps to provide you with directions to them from your current position.  

If your browser has not been enabled previously so your location can be identified, a pop up box will prompt you to "share your location" with  You will have options to "share once" or "not now" and "always share" and "never share". 

You can easily make the box disappear – by responding to the question regarding sharing your location: 

In the drop down box "Share location", click “always share my location” or “never share my location” as you may prefer. 

Ignoring it by closing the box, or clicking the "not now" or "share once" option means that while the map will still come up to allow the search functions to operate properly, the next time you visit that page, you’ll be asked again.  It’s a browser function and not one we have coded into the site itself, so you do need to make a choice if you’d rather not continually see the box over and over.

Macrons on Maori text

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is developing a policy for the display of macrons on Māori text, both on-screen and in print.  We have commenced work towards displaying macrons on Māori text on this website, taking each section of the website as resources become available.

Site Feedback

Heritage New Zealand would like to receive your feedback, comments and suggestions for this site. Please email us your ideas or use the Contact Us page to send us your thoughts.

Site Design and Production

This site was designed and built  for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga by Datacom (Wellington).

  • Tai Tapu Public Library

    Tai Tapu Public Library.  Image: Phil Braithwaite

  • Pencarrow Lighthouse

    Pencarrow Lighthouse, near Wellington.  Image: Heritage New Zealand

  • Tohu Maumahara, Rangiriri

    Tohu Maumahara (symbol of remembrance) at Rangiriri.  Image: Heritage New Zealand

  • War Memorial, Dannevirke

    War Memorial, Dannevirke.  Image: Heritage New Zealand

  • St David's Pioneer Memorial Church, Cave

    St David's Pioneer Memorial Church, Cave.  Image: Allison Bennet

  • New Regent Street, Christchurch

    New Regent Street, Christchurch.  Image: Heritage New Zealand

  • Balclutha Bridge

    Balclutha Bridge.  Image: Shelley Morris

  • Wellington Railway Station

    Wellington Railway Station.  Image: A Efimoff

  • Chinatown, Arrowtown

    Village hut at Chinatown, Arrowtown.  Image: Allison Bennet

  • Memorial to Bess, Bulls

    Memorial to Bess, Bulls.  Image: Heritage New Zealand

  • Cricket Ground Pavilion, Auckland

    Cricket Ground Pavilion, Grafton, Auckland.  Image: Phil Braithwaite