Diamond Harbour there are plenty of things to do. Discover a quiet corner of the Lyttelton Harbour. Diamond Harbour offers visitors a chance to explore the Banks Peninsula landscapes. Enjoy time in a historic Stoddard cottage where contemporary art exhibitions are held and savour a leisurely lunch at the local cafe.
Orton Bradley Park
Orton Bradley Park is one of top fourteen picnic spots in Canterbury … Orton Bradley Park
A private working farm with a park, paddocks, creeks and short easy walks among mature rhododendrons.
- Paddle in the creek
- Mature rhododendron garden
- Tennis court
- Farming heritage buildings and agricultural memorabilia
- Working farm with horse treks to outstanding views
- Leisurely walks to climbs to enjoy views of Lyttelton Harbour
- Entrance fees apply
A great spot to go camping on the Banks Peninsula, check out 8 camping places on Banks Peninsula, Akaroa: trip guide for more details.
Eat & drink at Diamond Harbour Cafe
Location says it all. Gaze over the harbour and water activity as you enjoy a classic kiwi cafe fare with friendly service as part of the experience.
Diamond Harbour’s fame
Margaret Stoddard, 19th century impressionist artist. A quiet pioneer in women doing what they love best. Her cottage is open to the public during the weekends, check Stoddard Cottage for more details.
Diamond Harbour’s social media
Population in Diamond Harbour
1,497 (2018). The settlement supports a primary school.
Best time to go to Diamond Harbour
December to mid March.
Check out Christchurch travel guide for details about Canterbury weather.
Weather in Diamond Harbour
Getting to Diamond Harbour
Departs Lyttelton 1.30pm daily with Diamond Harbour as part of a regular itinerary, check out BLACK CAT for up to date details. For ferry timetable check out Ferry & Bus | Diamond Harbour Community.
Sailing charters – Lyttelton
Sails billowing and you are on a ketch in the middle of the harbour. Glorious memorable moments with Jack Tar sailing charters. The vessel is 36 ft Gaff Yawl “Oyster” built in 1902 by Charles Bailey Jr lovingly maintained by Jack Tar. Check out Jack Tar Sailing Co for up to date information.
A scenic drive around the bays, including Governors Bay. Lyttelton to Diamond Harbour
Want to go camping in Cheviot check out 9 Hurunui campsites & budget accommodation ideas.
Travel pack information
Every town adds to the richness of things to do and see. For more details about what to do nearby Diamond Harbour check out Things To Do In Canterbury § Places to Visit, Activities & Sightseeing.
Mark Pringle Stoddard arrived in Lyttelton from Australia in 1851. A gentleman farmer, he soon purchased 55 acres in the bay that lay opposite to the Port of Lyttelton. He named his farm Diamond Harbour, explaining to others how the sun glittered on the nearby waters like diamonds.
Diamond Harbour has a dedicated historical society check out Historical Association | Diamond Harbour Community for details.
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