Wānaka 1956

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$ 499.00 NZD

Capture a piece of Wānaka's past with this distinctive art print from 1956, offering a glimpse into its tranquil charm before the advent of ski fields in the late 1970s redefined it into the vibrant year-round resort town it is today.

Wānaka's name hints at its rich past. It is said to signify a place of Māori knowledge ("wānanga") or honours a local chief ("Ō-Anake or Ō-Anaka"). European settlement began in the 1850s, with gold discovery and sheep stations. Tourism started early too, with the first hotel opening in 1867. 

The photograph was taken in November 1956 by Whites Aviation who produced a series of popular illustrated publications of aerial photography and aviation history. 

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Clutha River, Otago Region. Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs. Ref: WA-42715. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/32051093

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Large Scale Framed Prints on a wall

Bigger is better

Get lost in the detail and transform your space with our immersive, large-scale framed and poster prints.

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Scanned Photograph Restoration

Yesterday refreshed

Our prints are respectfully restored and printed on gallery-quality Enhanced Matte paper.

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Our frames are sustainably sourced, solid wood frames handmade in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland.

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Framed Print
87.1cm x 62.4cm
124cm x 89cm
Frame (width x depth)
2cm x 3cm
3cm x 2cm
Print only
84.1cm x 59.4cm (A1)
118.9cm x 84.1cm (A0)
Framed Print
62.4cm x 87.1cm
89cm x 124cm
Frame (width x depth)
2cm x 3cm
3cm x 2cm
Print only
59.4cm x 84.1cm (A1)
84.1cm x 118.9cm (A0)


  • Our framed prints do NOT use mat bevel-cut card borders. If you wish to get a mat bevel-cut border please get in touch.
  • We use gallery-quality enhanced matte paper (230gsm) using archival pigment inks on the latest Epson printers.
  • Our frames are sustainably sourced, solid wood, and handmade in New Zealand with glazing to protect your print. If you wish to add UV protection and anti-reflective coatings to glazing please get in touch.
  • D-rings and cord will be pre-installed on your frame. Nails and instructions to help you hang your frame included.


  • All of our frames and prints are locally made to order.
  • Shipping costs are calculated at checkout.
  • Framed prints dispatch within 10 business days .
  • Print only dispatch within 5 business days.
  • Orders are shipped via tracked couriers. Standard service to non-rural areas is overnight in the North Island and 2 business days for the South Island.
  • Larger framed orders bound for Auckland may be delivered by our suppliers own vehicle to reduce risk of damage. You will receive an SMS message on the day we plan to deliver and you can respond to this message to provide a safe location to leave the package.
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