Camera Club Virtual Exhibition

Due to the Lockdown the Diamond Harbour Camera Club were unable to mount their ‘Splash of Colour’ exhibition on site at Stoddart Cottage Gallery this April.
They have instead created a digital album which you can view below.
Enquiries to purchase specific images please email:
(Usual cost is around $40 for an A4 mounted print)

A link to the virtual exhibition is here.




Former Diamond Harbour residents, photographers, Lynda and Peter Harper, now living in Oamaru, invited members of the Diamond Harbour Camera Club to visit Oamaru, for a photographic field trip.

On Saturday, March 16, twenty two members of our club travelled to Oamaru.  We firstly met with Lynda and Peter for a briefing, and then set out for a full and interesting day, accompanied by some members of the North Otago Photographic Society.

The rain clouds rolled away and the sun shone. Firstly we travelled south to the Moeraki lighthouse, and then walked to the headland.  Seals were basking in the sunshine on the grass above the beach of golden sand, fringed with drying seaweed. On the southern shady side, far below us, young seals swam and dived amongst the rocks.

From there, we went to the renowned ‘Fleurs Place’ in Moeraki, for coffee and cake. Along with other travellers, we were directed outdoors as there was a crew filming Fleur, in the restaurant.  It was her birthday.  Colourful fishing boats were moored in the harbour, nearby the frame of a rusty wharf.  In the picturesque setting our view was to the bay, alongside an old dinghy, tinged with pink and green, a stone sculpture of a whale, and a set of concrete ‘steps to nowhere’. Seagulls circled, eyeing our cake!

Our next brief stop was Shag Point, rich in history and geologically interesting. Boulders, less rounded than those at Moeraki, imbedded in a rocky mass; glistening as the tide ebbed and flowed. A flock of Red Billed Gulls rested on a rock shelf, close to the shore, seals clambered over the large boulders above the beach. The water was seething with kelp. On one of the rock shelves, New Zealand’s largest dinosaur was discovered. It can be seen in the Museum in Dunedin. In the valley nearby, the remains of a coal mine.

Lunch was at a Waikouaiti cafe and then followed an unscheduled visit to the Antique Shop across the road.

Onward to the Hawksbury Lagoon, where we wandered across parched mud flats with colourful and interesting flora, and then along the track. There were Spoonbills in the distance and we were rewarded with a White Heron preening on an old tree stump, submerged in the water. Nearby, the usually tranquil beach was humming with people and noise as rescue boat competitions were in progress.

The next port of call was Karitane, the home of the founder of the Plunket Society, Sir Truby King. Along the beach, to the north was a bluff, a jagged rocky shoreline with twin rock sentinels weathered away from the mainland. Our walk along the top of the peninsula revealed the site of the Huriawa pa.

We completed our day with a stop at the Moeraki Boulders, on the journey back to Oamaru.

On Saturday evening, our extensive dinner was at a Japanese restaurant – a time to reflect on the activities of the day, and to thank Lynda and Peter for their hospitality and organization.

We all met for coffee on Sunday morning in the Victorian Precinct, before dispersing to explore further, then to return home.

Oamaru, with its well preserved Victorian streetscape in elaborately carved white stone, the Victorian Precinct, a Sunday market, colonies of Penguins, quirky Steampunk, and more, along with historic and geological sites in the vicinity, offers many creative opportunities for future photographic forays.


You are never to old to learn 

Diamond Harbour Camera Club is running a free, two-day introductory photography course for senior residents of Lyttelton Harbour Basin.

 Date: Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 January 2019

Time: 10 am to 4 pm

Location: Diamond Harbour Community Hall

 The course is partly funded through a grant from the Cressy Trust.

 The course tutor is Christchurch photographer Scott Fowler EFIAP, FPSNZ, GPSA, PPSA.

 To apply for a place on the course, please contact Joan Gladwyn on 329 4255.
Do note the requirement that attendees  must live in the Lyttelton Harbour basin and be aged 60 or over. Evidence will need to be shown before you are offered a place.


News Flash!

Our calendar is reaching out to people across the world with Eric  of Newport, Wales, UK complimenting us on the photographs of the area.

“Have just enjoyed viewing your club site, some really outstanding photography of your local area. You may be wondering how I found your site. I have acquired this year’s Calendar produced by your club. So will be thinking of you each month.”

Eric, Newport, South Wales. U.K.


Governors Bay Walk

Ten Club members started from the Allandale Reserve and with cameras at the ready and proceeded along the Foreshore Road Walkway on Sunday 21st May.  Originally built in 1857 this bridleway later became the the main road but now provides a 3.5km coastal walkway with great views down the harbour and interesting features along the way.

The group had lunch at the Governors Bay Hotel and returned to Allandale along the same route in the afternoon snapping under brighter conditions with different lighting effects.

Start of walk

Volcanic rock formation

Camera Club Walkers


Tekapo Field Trip 

The Club had a field trip to Lake Tekapo on the weekend of 25-25 March 2017 at which 22 members and partners attended.  Three houses were booked and all met for a BYO dinner at one of them on the Friday night.  A wide range of photographs were taken, needless to say, The Church of the Good Shepherd, the night sky, the lake and the surrounding countryside.

The Club usually has a number of field trips during the year and these prove invaluable for getting to know each other, trying out new photography techniques and learning from each other in a different environment.




AGM 2017

The 19th AGM of the Camera Club was held on the  18 April 2017.    Dorothy Shrimpton, the outgoing Chair, gave a glowing report on the Club’s activities over the past year and thanked all those concerned in  making the year a success.  The new officers elected for the next 12 months are:

Chair: Joan Gladwyn

Secretary: Prue Kennard

Committee: Dorothy Shrimpton, Evelyn Keeley, Tim Cheesbrough, Steve Howard, Noel Blackburn, Daniel Tartaglia

The CluPhoto Galleryb has 39 members and is in a good financial position with subscriptions being maintained at $20pp, $30 couple and $10 student.

Members Photo Gallery

McLeans Falls – T Eastwood

White faced heron – T Eastwood

Matai Falls – T Eastwood

Sandy Bay – T Eastwood

Toi Toi sunset – R Wyllie

Harbour sunrise – R Wyllie

Purau Bay – P Tetlow

Camp Bay – P Kennard

Under left wing – P Kennard

Okains batch – B Doudney

Orton Bradley muster – S Bauer

Mt Herbert local – R Wyllie

Lake Pukaki – R Wyllie

Kaikoura Evening – B Doudney

Mt Bradley – J Nieman

Bellbird feeding -J Nieman

Portside – J Nieman

Gebbies Pass stormclouds – S Bauer

All seeing Eye – D Shrimpton

Seasons – D Shrimpton

Lyttelton Winter – B Doudney

Previous club member’s photo in Christchurch Star

Previous member Pat Tetlow’s photograph, Reflections, has been spotted in the Readers’ Photos page of the Christchurch Star.  Pat has obviously been active in the photography field since moving into Christchurch.  Well done Pat.

Reflections by Pat Tetlow