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June 11, 2020

40 Fascinating Color Photos Capture Everyday Life of New Zealand in the 1960s

New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country has two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island—and around 600 smaller islands. It has a total land area of 268,000 square kilometres (103,500 sq mi).

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

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, and its most populous city is Auckland.

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 color photos from Custardesque to see what life of New Zealand looked like in the 1960s.

Southland. Lumsden

Akaroa. Children at dock

Auckland Harbour Bridge

Blenheim. In front of the Chief Post Office

Bluff. MV Waiwera

Borgward Isabella coupe at Wellington Airport

Bridgman Street with the Drill Hall buildings on the right

Bridgman Street, approaching Andersons Bay Road

Cascade Lodge, Milford road

Christchurch. Bridge of Remembrance

Christchurch. Cathedral Square

Dunedin Botanic Garden. Daffodil lawn

Dunedin Railway Station

Dunedin. HMNZS Otago

Girl with cats

Hastings. Heretaunga Street East and Karamu Road, showing the Albert Hotel (demolished 2014)

Marton Junction School

Marton Park and war memorial

Marton. Marton Junction children stop on the bridge on the return to school

Marton. Road safety at Marton Junction School

Milford Track. Boatshed Hut

Milford Track. Sandfly Point

Morris Minor 1000, probably southern Westland, South Island

On a New Zealand beach

Pukaki children

Rotorua. Bath house

Roxburgh with Austin A40 Farina and Mark II Jaguar

Roxburgh. Bank of New Zealand

Stewart Island. Halfmoon Bay with the Tourist Air Travel Ltd Grumman G-44A Widgeon aircraft ZK-BAY

Turakina. Sword dancing

VW Kombi

Wellington Botanic Garden

Wellington cable car

Wellington from Molesworth Street

Wellington from Rama Crescent, Khandallah

Wellington harbour view

Wellington. Kelburn Normal School jubilee

Wellington. Lambton Quay with the MLC Building

Wellington. Lambton Quay

West Coast. Franz Josef tearooms and store


  1. Some of those places haven't changed much! ;-)

  2. I don't know about today, but not much different from when I visited those places in the '90s.

  3. It probably would have been simply polite to ask the owner of the collection first, before taking them off Flickr and making a feature out of them.

  4. Brilliant - thanks for the AWE!




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