Story: Ports and harbours

Ports past and present

Since the 1970s New Zealand’s ports have numbered around 15 or 16. In the 19th century many more ports dotted the coast. The exact number depends on how you define a port, but there were well over 100. Some of the more important of these are marked.

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Gavin McLean, 'Ports and harbours - Port development', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 May 2022)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 30 Jul 2015