Sunday June 21 Wellington
Seven thousand girls, 30 police officers, the Te Pataka concert party, some egg throwers, and a handful of bemused baggage handlers are on hand at Wellington airport to welcome the TEAL Lockheed Electra carrying the Beatles with the screaming starting 45 minutes before touchdown.
One of the first to meet them was airline traffic supervisor Peter Andrews.
""As traffic supervisor for TEAL at Wellington Airport my job was to ensure the timely turnaround of Electra flights from and to Sydney and Melbourne. When I learned that the Beatles were due to arrive at the airport my immediate concerns related to likely congestion in the terminal. A cunning plan was devised.
"I found a drawing of a Lockheed Electra in a company maintenance manual and traced an outline of the plane. From that I formed a cardboard cut-out of the plane and, along with a map of the airport taxiways, I called on John Redstone the airport manager and placed the cardboard cut-out on taxiway adjacent to the fence surrounding the airport.
The idea was to stop the aircraft at a point on the taxiway so that fans behind the fence could see the Beatles disembark. And that's how it turned out.
"The aircraft came to a halt and shut down the two port engines. Along with Customs, Health and Agriculture we met the group in the first class cabin at the rear of the plane.
"I met each Beatle and welcomed them to NZ and got their signatures on a flight menu. The group disembarked and chaos ensued. The Beatles drove up and down the taxiway and headed in to the city. We pulled the gangway away; the pilot started up the two port engines and taxied on to its, regular park for a normal on time turnaround.
"As a footnote the following year I was transferred to another company position in Auckland and somehow the menu got lost along the way. It might have been worth something."
Once on the ground they are ushered onto a Holden ute for a lap of the airport before being paraded through the city to the St George Hotel, where they were snuck in through the bottle shop. The elevator breaks down trapping them between floors.
After police used dogs to shepherd the huge crowd, the Beatles finally appear on a balcony with two men climbing a fire escape to join them and a group of Cliff Richard fans venting their disapproval. A press conference follows, then the Beatles watch television before retiring to their twin bedrooms. A news report said "Their hair appeared longer and considerably more shaggy than shown in most photographs."
Monday June 22 Wellington
The Beatles spend day in their hotel, phoning home, and writing letters. John Lennon and Ringo Starr find time to meet their respective second cousins.
Tuesday June 23 Wellington
Their second Wellington show. One of the support acts, New Zealand's own 50s-style rocker Johnny Devlin, complains loudly about the sound quality.
Wednesday June 24 Auckland
Auckland fans are angry after officials sneak the group out of Whenuapai Airport. The police's attitude is shown by an officer who reportedly told a tour manager: "We didn't want 'em here and I don't know why you brought 'em."
The Beatles hold at press conference at their hotel after their arrival where the questions include their reaction to the previous night's Wellington shows where there had been one or two stage invaders. McCartney: "The thing is when you look at them, the fellas and the girls who jump up, you realise they're not going to belt you or anything, they're not trying to get you really, they're just coming up to say hello." Also on the gathered journalists' agenda: What did they think of rugby (not much); what did they think of Howard Morrison's parody song I Wanna Cut Your Hair (hadn't heard it) and what did they think of the press (not much)?
Thursday June 25 Auckland
Before their second show, Auckland mayor, (Sir) Dove-Meyer Robinson holds a civic reception, controversially costing 60 pounds, for the band outside the town hall and in front of 7000 screaming fans.
Hear the songs The Beatles played in their Auckland shows as they appeared in the setlist...
Thursday June 26 Dunedin
Again, only three officers are on hand to control the crowd welcoming the band to Dunedin. With only a 1m lane between the hotel and the crowd to scuttle down, all four are mauled trying to get inside.
Friday June 27 Christchurch
A fan throws herself at the Beatles car, bounces off the bonnet and is later invited to meet the band and have a coffee.
Saturday June 28 Christchurch
Two thousand people watch the Beatles leave the Clarendon Hotel with another 2000 waiting at the airport.
Stay tuned: nzherald.co.nz is running a series of stories this week on The Beatles' 1964 tour of New Zealand.