25 Jul 2013

Your Place - Port Underwood

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:24 pm on 25 July 2013

Port Underwood was a cluster of populated settlements in a sheltered harbour at the north-east end of Cloudy Bay. Europeans first arrived in the mid-1830s and within a decade the population had grown to 150 with large whaling stations the main source of employment. It's hard to fathom how Port Underwood would have been suitable as the capital city of NZ. There is barely any flat land and little room for an airport, although that wasn't a consideration in 1865. But then Wellington was chosen with hardly any flat land and not a lot of room for an airport.