New Zealand history

Image: Murals on the Waipu toilets, Northland, New Zealand by Sandy Austin on Flickr

We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to New Zealand history. They range from government online collections to the protection of living heritage treasures within the community. SCIS 1525169

See also: ANZACColonial life in New ZealandImmigration to New Zealand – recent and historic;, New Zealand and Samoa in World War OneNew Zealand involvement in warNew Zealand World War One battlesTraditional Māori history and customsTreaty of Waitangi

Digital New Zealand

Explore items and sets relating to the history of New Zealand. This site provides access to millions of pictures, sounds and objects from of New Zealand museums (like Te Papa), libraries, galleries archives and private institutions.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers, use the search term ‘NZ History’.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

New Zealand Govt NZ New Zealand History

This site includes links to Archives New Zealand, the National Library collections, Te Ara - the NZ Encyclopedia, the Dictionary of NZ Biography and many others.

Suggested level: secondary

New Zealand History Online

This general history site gives a good overview of New Zealand history, and contains a section specifically dedicated to history curriculum topics in NCEA.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Primary Sources Galleries

In these primary sources gallery you will find a range of primary sources arranged in topics relating to New Zealand's history. Items include digitised copies of maps, cartoons, paintings documents, letters, paintings, diary entries posters and ephemera.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Te Ara New Zealand Online Encyclopedia

This site is comprehensively arranged in encyclopedia format and can be searched by subject - the categories include the bush, Māori, earth, sea and sky, people, the settled landscape, and places.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Local History Sites

Please also check your local public library for more regional history information.

Department of Conservation: Historic

This Department of Conservation (DoC) site contains information about the protection of New Zealand's historic heritage, including an interactive map that can be searched by region.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Living Heritage

Living Heritage enables New Zealand schools to develop and publish an online resource, based on a heritage treasure in their community. Living Heritage preserves history and culture in a digital format for every generation.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

New Zealand Historic Places Trust

The Historic Places Trust is has information on sites and buildings that they administer and maintain around New Zealand. Each entry includes a brief history and a map showing their location.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Charlotte and the golden promise: Charlotte MacIntyre's story 1865, by Sandy McKay, 2014 (junior fiction)
Beyond the seas, by Celia Davies, 2010 (junior fiction)
Remember that November, by Jennifer Beck, 2012 (picture book)


The rugged Rimutakas - Roadside Stories. Manatu Taonga.Youtube.4:16

Dan Snow learns about Māori history. New Zealand 100% Pure.Youtube.3:14