Now is the time of year when New Zealand families make like a D-Day assault team and storm the beaches. The ice cream vendors make a killing while people get sand in their hair, work on their tan and lap up the beach culture. Of course none of this is a new phenomenon. Today I thought I’d share some previously unpublished vintage photos of one of New Zealand’s favourite Summer destinations – Tahunanui Beach in Nelson.
Tahunanui was my home in the 1990′s and as a local I got used to the annual influx of visitors that pour into the suburb from Boxing Day until mid-January. The holiday camp there is the largest in the southern hemisphere. Holidaymakers are attracted by the family friendly beach and sunny weather.
A few years ago I bought an old album of photographs on Ebay. It documents a travelers visit to New Zealand in the late 1920′s and early 1930′s. I bought the album as it included some fantastic images on maritime history along with a few showing the damage caused by the Murchison earthquake (I’ll post these another day, when I’m not in such a summery mood), but it was no surprise to see that Tahunanui beach was among their destinations.
I hope you enjoy these photographs taken in January and February 1933.
I’ve stitched these three photos together. Notice the two people in the background. The script-writer in me wants to believe that they are spying on them. Continue reading