Tauranga has a rich and varied history from early Māori voyagers through to European settlers. Research collections at Tauranga City library seeks to gather this rich history and preserve it for future generations.
Our collection focuses on people, places and events in the Western Bay of Plenty, from Waihi Beach to Otamarakau. Here you can find out about the vibrant early history of our city and surrounding districts, from the arrival and settlement of Māori, the Musket Wars, missionaries, the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the New Zealand Wars and military settlement, trade, transport and industry, the harbour and port, agriculture and horticulture.
Ngā Wāhi Rangahau research collections comprises varying collections. These include Māori Reference, New Zealand Reference, General Reference, Local History collection, Joyce West collection, Bernard Sladden collection, Munro collection, Family History collection, Local Government and Central Government publications.
Research well known personalities, or find your ancestors among those buried in local cemeteries. Spend time browsing local school journals, newspapers, telephone directories, electoral rolls, historical society journals, maps, our vertical file and an extensive photograph collection.
Come and visit us on the first floor of Tauranga City library in the Ngā Wāhi Rangahau research collections room. The staff at the enquires desk will help you find the resources you need.
Last Reviewed: 06/11/2017