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March 21, 2019

Fascinating Black and White Photos Document Beautiful Life of New Zealand in the Early 1970s

New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island—and around 600 smaller islands.

New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans.

During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions.

New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.

New Zealand underwent major economic changes during the 1980s, which transformed it from a protectionist to a liberalised free-trade economy. A developed country, New Zealand ranks highly in international comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, health, education, protection of civil liberties, and economic freedom.

Take a look at these fascinating black and white photos from Archives New Zealand to see the beautiful life of this country in the early 1970s.

A shop in the Strand Arcade, Auckland, December 1970

Arikikapakapa Golf Course, January 1970

Arrowtown, High Street, Otago, January 1970

Auckland School for Dental Nurses, Mt Eden, Auckland, October 1970

Car Ferry 'Opua', Opua-Russell, Bay of Islands, Northland, January 1970

Churton Park Subdivision, Wellington, December 1970

Hamurana Picnic scene at Rotorua, January 1970

Housing in Waiuku, Auckland, April 1970

Women with their a rental car stop on Omapere Hill for a photograph of Hokianga Harbour, Northland, August 1970

Kerikeri Stone Store, 1970

Nurses relaxing beside the river Avon, Hagley Park, Christchurch, September 1970

Queen Street, Auckland, December 1970

School library service, Waterview Primary School, Auckland, March, 1970

Skiing at Coronet Peak, Queenstown, August 1970

Endeavour Park, Gisborne, March 1971

Lower Albert Street with Arcadia at Princes Wharf, Auckland, October 1971

Mother and child among the daffodils on the banks of the Avon River, Hagley Park, Christchurch, September 1971

Oriental Bay, Wellington, January 1971

Parnell Baths, Auckland, January 1971

Police Station, Gisborne, March 1971

Summer beach scene at Kelvin Grove, Frankton Arm, Lake Wakatipu, Otago, January 1971

Sunset on the Whakatane River, January 1971

The swimming pool at the International Hotel, Rotorua, 1971

Vauxhall Car sale at Ormond's Motors Ltd, Gisborne, March 1971

Afternoon teatime. Mount Ngauruhoe in the background. Tongariro National Park, September 1972

Glendover Road, Fendalton, Christchurch, November 1972

Government Bookshop, State Advances Building, Rutland Street, Auckland, February 1972

Hamilton, Victoria Street. Hamilton's 'Golden Mile' shopping street, September 1972

Lunch scene, Albert Park, Auckland, November 1972

Main street in Ashburton in the spring, Canterbury Province, October 1972

Motor Camp, Coopers Beach, Northland, January 1972

North Island New Zealand Blue Streak Rail Car travelling north between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki main trunk line to Auckland, July 1972

Punakaiki, Nelson Province. Looking North. Girls on the Stratified rock formation high above the sea, February 1972

Telephone exchange building in Timaru, Canterbury Province, October 1972

Cameron Road, one of Tauranga's shopping streets, January 1973

Devonport Road one of Tauranga's busy Shopping Streets, January 1973

Karangahape Road, Auckland, March 1973

Passengers from the commuter trains leave Wellington station in the early morning, February 1973

The Can Can girls at the Bar inside the Gold Nugget Hotel on Gala Day, Shanty Town, Westland, January 1973

Westland National Park Visitor Centre, August 1973

Queen Street shoppers, school holidays, Auckland City, August 1974

Queen Street, Auckland, May 1974

Swanson Street, looking east towards Shortland Street, September 1974

Upper Queen Street bus stop, Auckland, August 1974

Auckland Harbour Bridge with yachts in harbour, January 1975

Barbeque on Westshore Beach, Napier, Hawke's Bay, February 1975

Camping, Waitangi, Bay of Islands, January 1975

Feeding the elephant at Wellington Zoo, January 1975

Former Post Office Building now Labour Department, corner Fenton and Arawa Streets, Rotorua, January 1975

High Street, Dannevirke. Hawkes Bay Province, April 1975

Karangahape Road, one of Auckland's busiest shopping areas, January 1975

Main shopping area, Paraparaumu Beach, Wellington Province, January 1975

Main shopping street, Taupo, January 1975

Māori Land March, Wellington, 13 October 1975

Morning traffic on northern motorway, Auckland, December 1975

New housing area, Forrest Hill, North Shore, Auckland, November 1975

Shops across from Rotorua International Hotel at Whakarewarewa, Rotorua, January 1975

View from Custom Street West towards Central Police station. St. Patrick's in centre foreground, Auckland, December 1975

View of Plimmerton with an electric unit travelling along the main trunk line, January 1975

View of the Downtown Development at Queen Street and Quay Street junction, and Air New Zealand House, Auckland, June 1975




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