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HMS New Zealand arrives in Auckland

When HMS New Zealand visited the City of Sails in late April 1913, tens of thousands of Aucklanders turned out to welcome her both on land and, as this film shows, at sea. 

The film captures the size of the battleship as it steamed into Rangitoto Channel towards the port. The New Zealand Herald newspaper memorably described its “three massive funnels, then all the huge grey bulk of battle-cruiser... sullenly majestic, awful in portent, relentless as death itself.” Waitemata Harbour is shown packed with at least 200 spectator craft full of curious men and women and laden in bunting: “… ferry-boats and steamers crowded on their sterns, intrepid men and boys lugged at the oars of tiny dinghies and rowing boats, rowers in outriggers joined in the procession until so great was the traffic of the bewildering array of craft that the water was churned into white-crested waves and the smaller craft were tossed about like so many corks.”

Year:1913

Location:Auckland, New Zealand

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HMS New Zealand arrives in Auckland

When HMS New Zealand visited the City of Sails in late April 1913, tens of thousands of Aucklanders turned out to welcome her both on land and, as this film shows, at sea. 

The film captures the size of the battleship as it steamed into Rangitoto Channel towards the port. The New Zealand Herald newspaper memorably described its “three massive funnels, then all the huge grey bulk of battle-cruiser... sullenly majestic, awful in portent, relentless as death itself.” Waitemata Harbour is shown packed with at least 200 spectator craft full of curious men and women and laden in bunting: “… ferry-boats and steamers crowded on their sterns, intrepid men and boys lugged at the oars of tiny dinghies and rowing boats, rowers in outriggers joined in the procession until so great was the traffic of the bewildering array of craft that the water was churned into white-crested waves and the smaller craft were tossed about like so many corks.”


Year: 1913

Length: 01:34

Production Company: Dominion (NZ) Film Manufacturing Co.

Credits: Filmed by: Charles Newham

Source: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Catalogue Reference: F10484 Auckland's reception to the battleship HMS New Zealand 1913


Location: Auckland, New Zealand


The quote is from NZ Herald, 30 April 1913, p.9.

Among the crowds on the water when HMS New Zealand arrived in Auckland in April 1913 was Charles Newham, a local topical film maker. He shot this film for Dominion (NZ) Film Manufacturing Company. It is one of the few surviving records of the visit to New Zealand of the battleship gifted by the New Zealand people to the British Royal Navy.

Newham released this film to Hayward's Picture Theatre Lyric under the title "The Arrival of HMS New Zealand in Auckland". It also screened at Globe Continuous Pictures and the Queen’s Theatre. Newham’s film "was received by the patrons attending the theatre with many demonstrations of approval." (New Zealand Herald, 2 May 1913, p.5)

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HMS New Zealand arrives in Auckland

  • Auckland, New Zealand

  • 0:00

    Pan of HMS New Zealand as it arrives into Waitemata Harbour, from bow to stern. The crew can be seen standing on deck.

  • 1:10

    Medium wide shot HMS New Zealand with small boats around it, decked in festive flags.

  • 1:26

    Wide shot of HMS New Zealand steaming towards the camera.