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Stoddart Cottage, Diamond Harbour art & heritage

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Must-go Canterbury destination

Heritage meets art in a beautifully restored Stoddart colonial cottage. The birthplace of well known Canterbury artist, impressionist Margaret Stoddard is a drawcard for art & heritage fans alike

TOP SIGHTS

  • Revolving portfolio of emerging and established local artists exhibitions
  • Leisurely brunch at a harbourside cafe
  • Short picturesque walk from Diamond Harbour wharf to Stoddard cottage

The sheltered 19th century styled garden captures the detail of Margaret Stoddard’s paintings of her birthplace. Stoddard cottage is one of Canterbury’s oldes colonial homes. Beautifully restored the cottage is one of Canterbury’s must-do destinations for lovers of art, heritage and gardens.

The birthplace of one of New Zealand’s foremost 19th century artists, Margaret Stoddart, the cottage is situated at Stoddart Point, Diamond Harbour, Canterbury. Check Stoddart Cottage Gallery for up to date weekend opening hours.

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There is a revolving monthly exhibition of emerging and established local artists. The gift shop is a treasure trove of locally crafted objects with volunteers already ready to answer questions about the creator. Stoddart Cottage is complimented with nearby walks and a chance to unwind at the local cafe.

For more ideas what to do check out What’s so great about Diamond Harbour and browse through Lyttelton travel guide for what to do nearby.

GETTING TO DIAMOND HARBOUR

BLACK CAT WILDLIFE CRUISES

Wildlife Cruises

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.

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SAILING CHARTERS – LYTTELTON

Sails billowing and you are on a ketch in the middle of the harbour. Glorious memorable moments with JAR 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.

BY ROAD

A scenic drive around the bays, including Governors Bay. Lyttelton to Diamond Harbour

TRAVEL PACK INFORMATION

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.

Source

DIAMOND HARBOUR – Mark Pringle Stoddard (1819 – 1885) | Discover The Delights Of Peeling Back History

Diamond Harbour has a dedicated historical society check out Historical Association | Diamond Harbour Community for details.

 

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