About the images

The images on this site have been assembled from various private collections. Most date back to 1930’s – 1950’s, however several are earlier than that. Some of the images first appeared in tourist series products, which were popular in New Zealand in the 1920s and 1930s where tourists and locals could purchase a packet of small, top quality black and white professional photos. The cardboard wallets they came in were designed to be posted.

The images on this site have all been professionally scanned, and where appropriate digital retouch has been performed.

Images published in a tourist booklet  c1904

Images published in a tourist booklet c1904

Original postcard c1900

Original postcard c1900


As per The Copyright Act 1994, the photographs on this site have had copyright expired and as such are available for reproduction. If you are aware of any possible breach of copyright on any item in any way please contact us immediately and we will make any appropriate deletions.


You are welcome to use the material on this site for purposes of private study, research etc. You may also use the digital files to make your own prints however please note the files are not suitable for large format printing. No further permission is required for private use of images, however acknowledgements should be included wherever the images are used.

There is a link under each image to a file sized to 800 pixels on the long side. If you require a higher resolution file please use the contact page here