Story: Ports and harbours

Kaiapoi port

Kaiapoi port

Port congestion at Lyttelton in the late 1950s inspired a decade-long reopening of the port of Kaiapoi. It was limited to small ships of just 200–300 tons, mostly old craft, but as this 1963 photograph shows, the place was busy enough until the new rail ferries killed off the trade. One of the vessels, the Tuhoe, has been preserved and still operates from the port.

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Gavin McLean, 'Ports and harbours - 19th- and 20th-century changes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 June 2021)

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