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Corner View – Experience

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Hays Bay, Banks Peninsula

Hays Bay, Banks Peninsula

We have just returned home from a three-day holiday to a lovely little town called Diamond Harbour. It’s only 40 minutes from Christchurch but it seems a world away. While we were there we had lots of experiences of course but three of them stood out.

The first was a beautiful early morning swim at Hays Bay – a lovely little beach not far from Diamond Harbour.  The beach had previously been virtually inaccessible because you had to walk across a farmer’s private land to get there. When the farmer sold his land to a developer and they began to build a posh gated community there Kevin and I thought this little slice of paradise would be forever shut off from public access. Little did we know though that one of the stipulations the developers had to meet before they could develop the land was to build a public walk-way down to Hays Bay. So – after years of looking longingly at this lovely spot – Kevin and I, and Brianna too, had the chance to swim there. And it was as gorgeous as we thought it would be!

The second stand-out experience of our holiday was a trip on the Diamond Harbour Ferry – a little boat that travels between the port town of Lyttelton (just through the tunnel from Christchurch) and Diamond Harbour.  Kevin and I wanted to look at a house for sale in Lyttelton (we used to live there and would love to return) so we thought it would be fun to take the boat (a 10 minute trip) rather than going by road (which would take us 40 minutes). There was a strong Easterly wind blowing that day so the harbour was quite choppy – making it all the more exciting. I took this photograph of a huge container ship on our way back out of Lyttelton after seeing the house (which was rather gorgeous by the way!). The sea looks very calm in the port – but once out into the open sea it was quite a different story!

Container ship at anchor in Lyttelton Port

Container ship at anchor in Lyttelton Port

The third stand-out experience of our holiday was the evening we spent on Diamond Harbour Beach – a rocky little cove that is the complete opposite of Hays Bay but absolutely delightful all the same. In fact it’s probably our favourite beach on the whole of Banks Peninsula. We had a gorgeous late-afternoon swim and then we just stayed there basking on the warm rocks until the sun sank down behind the fir trees on the ridge above.  Perfection

Evening light at Diamond Harbour Beach

Evening light at Diamond Harbour Beach