Wahine disaster map


This interactive map charts the course of the Wahine's final voyage in April 1968. The first screen shows the ship's route from Lyttelton following its departure at 8.40 p.m. on 9 April to its arrival off the entrance to Wellington Harbour early the following morning.

The following screens track in more detail the Wahine's final hours as it battled huge seas in the entrance to the harbour. After a confused half hour in which Captain Robertson apparently attempted to head back out to sea, the vessel struck Barrett Reef and then drifted further north, before finally foundering off Seatoun at about 2.30 p.m.