The Beatles New Zealand Tour 1964
On the 21st June 1964, The Beatles touched down in New Zealand to play twelve shows in all four major cities over seven days.
I think that screaming was definitely part of the enjoyment of being there. It wasn’t a concert, it was more an expression of teenage rebellion. - Jimmy, Beatles fan, Wellington
Keith Holyoake was Prime Minister, the pubs closed at 6 o’clock and TV was in black and white. Recent touring performers of note had been The Vienna Boys Choir, pianist Arthur Rubenstein and Vera Lynn. It was a tour that had a seismic cultural impact on New Zealand.
It was "life changing" … Fab, Gear and Groovy! New Zealand - and certainly Dunedin - had never seen anything like it. Even the King Of Thailand's Royal visit to the City paled into insignificance. - Series presenter Wayne Mowat
Video from the collection of Ali Zayeri.