The Beatles in New Zealand, 1964

John Lennon boards a Viscount aircraft for a domestic flight at Wellington Airport, June 23, 1964. The capital's airport did not have jet bridges for domestic flights until the late-'80s, so you were invariably guaranteed a soggy boarding

John Lennon boards a Viscount aircraft for a domestic flight at Wellington Airport, June 23, 1964. The capital’s airport did not have jet bridges for domestic flights until the late-’80s, so you were invariably guaranteed a soggy boarding

The Beatles in New Zealand. Ringo Starr and George Harrison on board an aircraft during their tour of New Zealand, June 1964

Ringo Starr and George Harrison on board an aircraft during their tour of New Zealand, June 1964

John Lennon with his second cousins, Mr and Mrs F Parker, from Levin, June 23, 1964.

John Lennon with his second cousins, Mr and Mrs F Parker, from Levin, June 23, 1964

The Beatles on the balcony of the Hotel St George, Wellington, June 1964. (I got plastered every night at the hotel's student bar, Scribblers, during the mid-80s)

The Beatles on the balcony of the Hotel St George, Wellington, June 1964. (I got plastered every night at the hotel’s student bar, Scribblers, during the mid-’80s)

The Beatles at a press conference in Wellington, June 1964

The Beatles at a press conference in Wellington, June 1964

Ringo Starr receiving a Maori welcome in Wellington. George hopes to dodge a bullet. Poor bastards.

Ringo Starr receiving a Maori welcome in Wellington. George hopes to dodge a bullet. Poor bastards

The Beatles at Wellington Airport, June 1964. They are wearing tikis (good-luck charms) around their necks. John is waving a poi, used by Maori female dancers.

The Beatles at Wellington Airport, June 1964. They are wearing tikis (good luck charms) around their necks. John is waving a poi, used by Maori female dancers

A fan is restrained during the Beatles' concert at the Wellington Town Hall, June 24, 1964

A fan is restrained during the Beatles’ concert at the Wellington Town Hall, June 24, 1964

I came across these photos at the National Library of New Zealand.


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