GenTraveling to New Zealand

Hello GenTravelers! Or I could say: Tena koutou {hello} WhakapapaTravelers!

If your family is from New Zealand and you’re just starting out, here is a link to a great source: Whakapapa for Beginners.

And for more advanced online research: surprise, surprise!…the best resources are FamilySearch, FindMyPast and Ancestry!

But the BEST idea (in my opinion) is to plan a trip to where your ancestors actually lived! Perhaps plan to go in person to these archives:

Archives of New Zealand (Located in Wellington, with regional offices in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin).

National Library of New Zealand  (as well as local libraries, of course!)

AND, my favorite: Societies! Check out these:

New Zealand Society of Genealogists

The New Zealand Historical Association

Family History Society of New Zealand

Kiwis have such rich cultural traditions and what a fantastic place to go GenTraveling!!


So, are you planning your GenTraveling yet? Where do you plan to go? Be sure to share your GenTraveling Bucket list on our Bucket List Page.  GenTraveling: It’s the Real Deal Thrill!

GenTraveling – New Zealand & Switzerland


I read an amazingly incredible GenTraveling story in a news article recently: A young girl travels to New Zealand and meets up with a cousin that her uncle had contacted about family history, then a few years later unknowingly sits right next to this man’s brother on a train in Switzerland!  What are the odds???  My version of the story is obviously lacking many important details.  Go read the full article HERE.

I’m such a sucker for genealogical serendipity!  If you come across any other articles, be sure to send the links my way, ok? Thanks a million!