Wish You Were Here: Early Photo Postcards in New ZealandMei Konei Koe: Ngā Kāri Whakaahua Tuatahi i Aotearoa

A selection of postcards offering views of popular travel destinations in Aotearoa New Zealand from more than a hundred years ago.

When | Āhea

24 Feb – 5 Apr 2021

Where | Ki hea

Toi Art, Level 5

Cost | Te utu

Free entry


All ages


10 minutes

Photo postcards were the social media of the early 1900s. By sending one, you could quickly and cheaply show off the places you’d visited – from main streets to local attractions. You might even get a same-day reply if you sent a postcard across town and your city delivered mail twice daily.

Today, these postcards are a window into the past. They show us what their makers and buyers saw, and thought was important to share.

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