How to search DigitalNZ

Using filters to narrow your search

There are more than 30 million items on DigitalNZ. That's a lot to sort through!

To help you navigate your way through the rich pickings, we have multiple ways to view and explore DigitalNZ's content.

Enter your search terms, and once the results have appeared you'll see a series of tabs beneath the search bar: All, Images, Audio, Videos, Stories, More. These tabs direct you to search results clustered in particular media. The "more" tab connects to different types of text based results.

You can also filter results by content partner, collection, usage (licences and rights) and date. Click the "FILTER RESULTS" button at the top of the page.

It is also important to know that DigitalNZ has an infinite scroll function. So, your results will simply continue to appear as you scroll through.

Search types and tricks

Our search tools support some special features for controlling your queries. In the search box try combining the following operators with your keywords.

Fuzzy search

If you do not get enough results from your search, try using fuzzy search by putting a tilde (~) after your term. Fuzzy searching will find a word even if it is misspelled.

Boolean search

Use AND, OR, NOT to refine your searches.


Wildcards can be used in your search terms to mean "any character here":


Use [begin TO end] to specify a range,

The DigitalNZ filters and the fuzzy, boolean, wildcard, and range search options will help you narrow your search results. But you can also do some URL hacking if you really want to get deep into the DigitalNZ search tools! URL hacking is when you learn about how the web addresses are constructed so you can edit them in the browser. It's not for everyone, but here are some details if you are interested.

In the DigitalNZ URLs, there are various parameters that you an edit directly in your browser address bar: