Attractions

In and around Diamond Harbour

Black Cat

Attr Black CatWildlife Cruises

Departs Lyttelton 1.30pm daily. Phone 328 9078 for reservations.

Cliff Track Walk

Attr Cliff TrackA lovely coastal walk

Quite challenging in places. Starts at Purau and continues around the cliff to Church Bay. There are several approaches/exits to Marine Drive along the walk. Maps are available from Church Bay Store and the local cafes or the Lyttelton Harbour Information Centre.

Cycling

Attr CyclingLocal Loop

Teddington, then up Gebbes Pass and link with the Summit Road to enjoy wonderful views. Return via Dyers Pass Road and Governors Bay.

Diamond Harbour Walks

Attr DH WalkssWalking and Tramping Tracks

A comprehensive list of walks and tramps on the south side of the harbour from Purau to Orton Bradley Park and Quail Island.

Historical Walk

Attr Historical WalkAn easy one and a half hour walk

An historic walk around Diamond Harbour. Maps available from Church Bay Store and the local cafes.

Golf

Orton Bradley Golf Course picture

Every day but Saturday. Ph 329 4853.

 

 

Lyttelton

Lyttelton pictureJust a 10 minute ferry trip away

Take the ferry to Lyttelton to see the Farmers Market (Saturdays 10am-1pm).
Visit the Lyttelton Info Centre at 65 London St or their website for latest info on attractions.

Mt Herbert Walkway

Mt Herbert Walkway picture

Catch a No 28 bus from Christchurch, connect with the ferry to Diamond Harbour and start your walk from the wharf. You can descend Mt Herbert the way you came, or go down through Orton Bradley Park.

Orton Bradley Park

Orton Bradley Park pictureOur local treasure

Peaceful picnic and barbecue areas, heritage buildings and agricultural relics, magnificent towering trees and extensive walking tracks through protected and regenerating native bush and exotic arboretum, magnificent views, extensive rhododendron gardens, horse treks, adjacent to the golf course and tennis facilities, venue hire, powered campervan sites. Phone 329 4730.

Packhorse Track

Packhorse Hut pictureSign of the Packhorse Scenic Reserve

Time: 3-4 hours return to hut. Hut sleeps 9. This is a serviced hut and costs $10 for adults and $5 youths. Hut tickets available from DOC offices.
Note: Closed for lambing Aug – Oct.

Preserved Cook School

Preserved Cook School pictureTraditional preserving

Discover the traditions of salting, bringing, fermenting, dehydrating. Learn to craft sausages, bacon, salami, fermented foods, cheese, pasta and more.
Phone: 021 227 9929.
Email: info@preserved.co.nz.

Rod Donald Hut

Rod Donald Hut pictureBookings Required

Offering wonderful views of Little River area and surrounding hills, the hut is on the Summit Walkway, which is closed for lambing from 8 August – 16 October each year. Year-round access to the hut is possible via Port Levy Saddle.

 

Sailing Charters

Sailing Charters pictureJack Tar Sailing Co

I sail with charters from Lyttelton and can pick people up from Diamond Harbour and take them out sailing. We do half & full days with a max of six people plus skipper. My yacht is in survey and I an a commercial skipper and we comply with all MNZ safety regulations.
Mobile: 027 4355 239.
Home: 03 389 9259.

Stoddarts Cottage

Stoddarts Cottage pictureStoddarts Cottage

Discover the birthplace of one of New Zealand’s foremost 19th century artists. People are invited to contact Heather Watson if they wish to view the cottage. For a gold coin donation, Heather will give a personal tour. Donation goes to the upkeep of the cottage Locals are invited to help at the cottage and donate time / host visitors etc. Time bank credits can be earned.
Sue Holt – secretary 03 329 4728.
Heather Watson – chair 03 329 4464.

Summit Walkway

Summit Walkway pictureTramp or Mountain Bike

Enjoy magnificent views over Banks Peninsula, the Canterbury plains, Southern Alps and Pacific ocean on this 2-3 day tramp linking Gebbies Pass in the Lyttelton crater to Hilltop in the Akaroa crater. It follows a long high ridgeline that includes Mt Herbert.

Swimming

Purau beachLocal Beaches

Purau Bay (best at half to full tide).
Diamond Harbour (stoney beach but safe swimming).
Paradise Beach – Charteris Bay.

Tennis

Tennis racquets pictureLocal Courts

Diamond Harbour Tennis Club, Waipapa Ave.
Ph 329 4521.