Below are a few examples of distress situations involving ships sailing to/from New Zealand. In addition, detailed descriptions of other incidents can be found in the dedicated subpages of this section.

1914: Steamer Himatangi loses propeller after hitting rock at Chatham Islands

1914: Castaways from schooner Eldorado rescued at Easter Island

1918: Wimmera hits German mine and sinks – 26 dead

1918: Barque Aryan burned at sea

1919: Steamer Kahu beached at Whangaroa, Chatham Islands

1931: Yacht Windward lost at sea

1940: Freighter Turakina sunk by German raider – 36 dead

1947: Passenger liner Wangangella hits Barrett Reef – All rescued

1975: Freighter Capitaine Bougainville destroyed in fire off Whananaki