27 Jun 2014

The Beatles New Zealand Tour 1964 Part 5

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 3:30 pm on 27 June 2014

Beatle John Lennon boarding aircraft after visit to Wellington The Dominion Post Collection Alexander Turnbull Library
Beatle John Lennon leaving Wellington. The Dominion Post Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library.

The Beatles play their final two concerts in Christchurch, and call New Zealand audience "tame" despite having eggs, jellybeans and marbles thrown at them.

The following day, 28 June 1964, 2000 fans see The Beatles depart Christchurch for the Australian leg of their tour. They leave behind ringing ears, grumpy police, damaged venues, a generation of teenagers afflicted with Beatlemania - a surge in sales of guitars, and a decrease in patronage of local barber shops.

New Zealand will never be the same again.