Diamond Harbour

Diamond Harbour

At 1,200 people, Diamond Harbour is the second largest town on Lyttelton Harbour. It can also be reached by ferry from Lyttelton. The area was named by early European settler farmer Mark Stoddart for the way the sunlight glints off the water.

Services are limited in the town – a cafe/bar and fish and chips shop. But it does have a very nice park centred around the ferry terminal in Te Waipapa / Diamond Harbour (a bay not to be confused with the town) and Stoddart Point. From the clifftop at the point, there are fabulous views back to Lyttelton and down to the harbour entrance. The interesting mother and child sculpture ‘Looking for something that will last’ by Alison Erickson is also on the point.

From the point, there are multiple walking options. Walk around the cliffs and through the park to the Memorial Gardens and historic Stoddard Cottage for a short walk. If you feel like a real hike, take the 9 km uphill slog to the top of Mt Herbert / Te Ahu Patiki. At 909 metres, it is the highest point on Banks Peninsula and the eroded core remnants of a third major ancient volcano. This filled in the land between the Lyttelton and Akaroa craters.

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