About Us

The Wairarapa Archive is dedicated to collecting and preserving Wairarapa’s unique heritage, and presenting back to the community.

Picture Wairarapa

Search through thousands of images from Wairarapa’s past and see the way we were.


Read all about it! 150 years of Wairarapa newspapers, covering events throughout the entire region.

Family History

Looking for whakapapa and family ancestry?  We have a wide range of resources to help, plus friendly staff.

Oral History

Local people recording and delivering memories of all aspects of living in Wairarapa.

Wairarapa Stories

Our people, our places – our stories gathered in one place to easily find.


Where are your ancestors buried?  A comprehensive guide to searching New Zealand cemeteries.

Street Stories

The fascinating stories behind the naming of Masterton’s streets, roads, lanes, crescents and places.

WW100 Wairarapa

How did Wairarapa fare during the Great War of 1914-1918?

Our Little Ones

The war-time diaries of F.P. Welch, published 100 years after they were written.