Diamond harbour ferries

Time for recreation


The Diamond Harbour Ferry berthed in Lyttleton.

Diamond Harbour is a popular destination on Banks Peninsula,  a leisurely forty minutes by car from down town Christchurch and many Christchurch locals head there for Sunday drives, a stroll and coffee.

But it's also home to city workers and stay at home artists.  It makes for a great for a day trip as there are interesting walks around the headland, a more vigorous day trip to Mt Herbert and an easy wander around to Purau bay for a swim in summer.

There are several café's and plenty of parking, but it's less than ten minutes from Lyttleton by the fast ferry that runs hourly from early morning till early evening.  The village is a five minute walk from the ferry wharf; uphill so it'll warm you up.

No car?

Catch a No 28 bus from Christchurch, connect with the ferry to Diamond Harbour and start your walk from the wharf. The Diamond Harbour Ferry ferry has been operating on Lyttleton Harbour since 1888 connecting Diamond Harbour with Lyttelton.  The old ferries used to take twenty minutes, but the catamaran in service now cracks along about 18 knots or 33 kph, sometimes faster depending on the wind.

The ferry access in Lyttleton is okay for wheelchairs with some long ramps, but the steps at Diamond Harbour mean that any wheelchair bound person would have to be carried a short way.

Diamond Harbour Historical Walk

Grab a map from Diamond Harbour Country Store and discover the areas history.

The Mount Herbert Walkway

A straightforward climb from Diamond Harbour over farmland to the highest point.


The rocky bay behind the ferry landing is okay and Purau Bay is best when the tide is more than half way in.

Banks Peninsula
Diamond harbour Info
The Diamond Harbour Ferry
The Mt Herbert Walkway


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