23 January

Massive earthquake hits Wellington region

1855 Massive earthquake hits Wellington region

A magnitude 8.2 earthquake lifted the southern end of the Rimutaka Range by 6 m. Land raised from the harbour now forms part of Wellington's CBD. Read more...

Disastrous centennial yacht race begins

1951 Disastrous centennial yacht race begins

Twenty yachts left Wellington bound for Lyttelton in a race to celebrate Canterbury's centenary. Following a severe southerly storm only one yacht officially finished the race. Two others were lost along with their 10 crew members Read more...