Due to weather events Elma Turner Library Pop-Up and Stoke Library are closing at 4:30pm Wednesday 17 August.

Kaikoura Museum & Archives


  • Kaikoura Historical Society
  • 14 Ludstone Road
  • Kaikoura 8280

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday: 10.00am to 4.30pm
  • Weekends and Public holidays: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
  • Closed: Good Friday and Christmas Day



  • Family research. Staff can provide assistance depending on other commitments


  • $3 admission (adult) $0.50c admission (child)
  • Photocopying charges
  • Research charges


  • History of Kaikoura District and over 12,000 photographs
  • Family and business files; Sherrard files, over 20,000 names indexed
  • Year 2000 Early Settlers Register
  • Minute books

Births, Deaths and Marriages

  • Births 1862-1877; Catholic Parish burials 1865-2000; some marriage certificates; obituaries and death notices

Cemetery records

  • Headstone transcriptions from Kaikoura Public Cemetery; burial records


  • Some Kaikoura school records

Electoral rolls, censuses, directories

  • Kaikoura electoral roll names 1893


  • Kaikoura Star on microfilm

Passenger Lists

  • Wharfage books containing names of many Kaikoura early settlers