Story: Canterbury region

Farewelling the inter-island ferry

Farewelling the inter-island ferry

These Cantabrians are waving to passengers on the Rangatira, the last ferry to leave Lyttelton, in September 1976. For over 60 years the Union Steam Ship Company’s ferry between Lyttelton and Wellington was the main transport link across Cook Strait. The overnight trip was an institution, but eventually airlines and rail ferries plying the shorter route between Picton and Wellington provided quicker travel options.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1976/3383/31-F

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John Wilson, 'Canterbury region - Transport', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 December 2021)

Story by John Wilson, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015