Welcome Arch, Lyttelton
Hocken Pictorial Collection, Box 172-003
Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, was the first ‘Royal’ visitor to New Zealand, and despite the ructions of the New Zealand War, his visit produced an overwhelming mania for the monarchy. Upon arriving into Wellington on 11 April 1869, he faced a hearty welcome and loyal address from dignitaries, including representatives from Ngati-Toa, Ngati-Awa, Ngati-Raukawa, Whanganui, Ngati-Kahungunu, and Ngati-Porou. He also travelled to Auckland, Nelson, Dunedin, and Christchurch, where it was all bunting and more celebrations. This ‘Welcome Arch’ at Lyttelton was just part of the occasion.
Daniel Louis Mundy, “Welcome Arch, Lyttelton,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed October 3, 2022, https://ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/11458.