Historic and rare maps in Special Collections.
Special Collections at the Central City Library is home to a selection of rare and interesting maps and atlases. The collection contains many items of historic significance, and there is a strong emphasis on Auckland content.
Special Collections is located on the second floor, Central City Library.
Many of the Special Collections maps are not on the library catalogue, though we have digitised a selection and these are available online.
Maps available online
A selection of maps from our collection have been catalogued and digitised. Online material includes the George Church collection and a variety of significant maps from throughout New Zealand.
Search for maps in Heritage Images.
Hydrographic maps/Nautical charts
The collection contains facsimile, manuscript and printed maps of the New Zealand coastline and harbours, from the time of Captain Cook to the twentieth century.
Street maps from the founding of many New Zealand towns and cities. This collection contains a strong focus on Auckland’s development.
A copy of the Plan of the Town of Auckland by Charles Heaphy, 1851.
Victorian parks in Auckland
Plans and drawings for Albert Park, Auckland Domain and Western Park.
Detailed topographic maps for the northern part of the North Island, the old Auckland Province boundaries. The collection covers both ‘inch to the mile’ series NZSM 1 [1940s], and the later metric series NZMS 260 [1970s].
New Zealand Wars
Military installations and battle sites in New Zealand.
Sheet maps from the George Grey collection. These maps focus on India and Australia.
Land auction maps from the 1860s to the early years of the 20th century. Most are for land sales in Auckland or Auckland Province. The library bought the collection from George Church in 1916.
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