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Diamond Harbour is a tiny settlement on Banks Peninsula, New Zealand, in Canterbury. It is administratively section of the town of Christchurch, and is about the peninsula’s northern shore, to the southern coasts of Lyttelton Harbour.

The place was named by Mark Stoddart, who purchased 500 acres (200 ha) of land in the region in 1856. The name is used to Diamond Harbour proper but to the nearby settlements of Charteris Bay, Church Bay, and Purau. In the 2006 census, this region had a population of under 1,400.

Mountain bicycling and road is becoming among the most famous tasks for New Zealanders, largely as a result of our fantastic scene and quiet roads not to mention quick use of the countryside. Take your bike on the ferry from Lyttelton (an additional $2 fee applies) and bike around Diamond Harbour and back to Lyttelton again.

Walking would be a close second to cycling for most cherished activities for foreign visitors and locals or perhaps its the other way round! Walk to the wonderful new appearance Diamond Harbour Shop in the jetty, java and the food are fast becoming infamous. Once you’ve refreshed and re-energised there are a lot of excellent walks to select from including Mt Herbert (you’ll want all day for this one). Request the friendly staff that is excellent in the shop to point you in the appropriate way.

If excercising isn’t your thing, there are four superb beaches to pick from, Camp Bay, Paradise Bay, Purau and Diamond Harbour beach. Pack a picnic, choose the togs and relax!

A ferry links Diamond Harbour to Lyttelton, on the harbour’s northern coast. In conjunction with buses from Lyttelton to Christchurch, this permits residents of Diamond Harbour to commute to town.

Godley House, constructed in 1880 by Harvey Hawkins on property bought from Stoddart, was still standing. Nevertheless, it had been damaged in the 2011 quake and has since been demolished. Stoddart Cottage, constructed for the wedding in 1862 of Stoddart, is the oldest building still standing, and was filed by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust in 1990 as a Category I historic building. The artist Margaret Stoddart grew right up in the bungalow.

The middle of the hamlet got medical centre, a library, community hall, two cafes as well as a small post office overlooking the village cricket pitch.

Looking back at Lyttelton an attractive golf course at Charteris Bay with a few splendid views across the harbour and there exists.