This map shows the locations of the events listed on the New Zealand disasters timeline. It does not include the 1979 Erebus disaster site which can be found here.


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Posted: 16 Jul 2021


Jamie M

Posted: 15 Aug 2017

Thanks, Ashley - please refer to the disasters timeline page for an explanation of the criteria we used for the timeline and associated map:


Posted: 14 Aug 2017

Several crashes missing that I know of (so likely also others that I don't know of):

20 August 1946, Manawatu Gorge – Two engine crew presumed drowned when a goods train derailed by a slip and fell into the Manawatu river. The body of the driver was recovered from Foxton Beach; the body of the fireman was never found (actually WAS found near Ashhurst Bridge a few days later). Also others: see

9 June 1995, the de Havilland Canada Dash 8 aircraft Ansett New Zealand Flight 703 crashed near Ashhurst while coming into Palmerston North airport. 1 crewmember and 3 passengers killed.

The Hydrabad was an iron cargo and passenger sailing ship, built in Scotland and launched in 1865. she became caught in a severe storm on 24 June 1878.[2] Her captain, a man named Holmwood, ran the ship aground on Waitarere Beach five kilometres south of the mouth of the Manawatu River.
This wreck may not qualify here as no lives were lost.