21 December

New Zealand whalers harpoon their last victim

1964 New Zealand whalers harpoon their last victim

More than 170 years of New Zealand whaling history ended when J.A. Perano and Company caught its last whale off the coast near Kaikōura. Read more...

Full steam ahead for Kingston Flyer

1971 Full steam ahead for Kingston Flyer

A few months after the last steam locomotives had been withdrawn from this country's scheduled rail operations, New Zealand Railways launched a new tourist-oriented steam passenger venture in the South Island. Read more...