New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973 is a free collection at FamilySearch with name-searchable records and browsable images of ship passenger lists for inbound and outbound passengers at ports of New Zealand.

[su_heading size=”20″]What Can I Learn from these Records? [/su_heading]

“Upon leaving a home country for New Zealand, all passengers in a ship were listed in a register book, and were then checked against that register upon entry into their port of destination. As a form of identification was required to embark on the ship, these immigration records are generally accurate.”

These passenger lists may include:

  • Full name of each passenger
  • Adult or child
  • Male or female
  • Country of emigration
  • Port of Entry and date of arrival
  • Estimated age
  • Occupation
  • Total cost of passage and how paid
  • Name of ship and port of embarkation
  • Link to image with more information

[su_heading size=”20″]How Do I Read the Records? [/su_heading]

The images are handwritten in English and some pages are faded and may be difficult to read. “…since they were normally handwritten by an officer, slight errors are not uncommon. The records are written or printed on prepared forms, tabular format, in bound volumes. Most registers are legible; however, some are faded or have some bleed-through, and so are a bit difficult to read.”
Here is a list of Arrival Ports or Destinations included in this collection:

Arrival port or destination


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