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 cafĂ©’s and plenty of parking, but it’s less than ten minutes from Lyttleton by the fast

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The regional centre for South Canterbury

Timaru style

Timaru is a sea side city in South Canterbury with a population about 30,000 people near to the centre of the South Island and it’s 2 – 3 hours driving time or 160 kilometres south of Christchurch and 200 kilometres north of Dunedin.

It is an excellent location to stop and relax from ones travels, or as a base from which to explore the South Canterbury region including the nearby towns. One claim to fame is the Racehorse Phar Lap who was born just to the north of of Timaru. Phar Lap was a New Zealand thoroughbred horse considered to be one of the world’s greatest

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Waterside quaintness

Almost destroyed as it was the epicentre of the February 2011 earthquake, today the town has reopened and the port restored.

Lyttleton is a busy port and harbourside town and suburb of Christchurch. The harbour offers a safe anchor for the largest of ships, from freighters to cruise liners which call regularly and has a range of watery activities. You’ll find yachting, water taxis, a ferry to Diamond Harbour, boat tours to watch dolphins or you can explore local history such as the harbour defences created during the past world wars.

The wharves have very limited public access, although it is not so long ago there was free and uncontrolled access, which was great for fishing and

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