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Welcome to our Rangitiki website celebrating this stylish and beautiful ship. The Rangitiki, Rangitata & Rangitane were conceived of in 1925 and ordered in 1927 for the New Zealand Shipping Company for use on their United Kingdom - New Zealand service, as competition for other shipping lines. The order was placed with the John Brown Co, Glasgow, all three ships entered service during 1929. The regular service route was London - Curacao - Panama - Papeete - Wellington & Auckland. As an added attraction for the passengers the ships were routed to include Tahiti and Pitcairn Island, at the latter a two hour stopover allowed the local islanders to come out to the ship to trade their hand made curios with the passengers.These were the first diesel powered ships ordered for the New Zealand Shipping Company.

After sterling service during the Second World War she returned to her usual service in 1948. As with many other ocean passenger services, times had changed for Rangitiki with air travel and newer ships creating declining passenger loadings for this veteran.The final voyage (number 87) from Wellington occured in May 1962 arriving at London on July 13th 1962. She was then sold for scrap and made her final voyage to Valencia in Spain for scrapping.

This website aims to record the history of this fine ocean liner and act as a virtual home to honour and celebrate this fine ship. We hope you enjoy this website and when you leave we hope you will visit again soon.


R.M.M.V. Rangitiki


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Her Regular Service Route: Great Britain to New Zealand via the Panama Canal

London - Curacao - Panama - Panama Canal - Papeete - Wellington - Auckland




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