Diamond Harbour Ferry service

Legend has it that Diamond Harbour was so named because one of the early settlers observed the sun reflecting on the water and thought it looked like a thousand shining diamonds.

Whatever the reason, Diamond Harbour remains one of the sunniest and unspoilt destinations on Banks Peninsula and is great for a day trip. How about an energetic walk to Mt Herbert or a more relaxing stroll around the cliff tops and beaches, or simply a visit to one of the cafe’s for delicious food or a coffee?

To get there we recommend you take the Diamond Harbour Ferry. The ferry has been operating on Lyttelton Harbour since 1888, connecting Diamond Harbour with Lyttelton. It’s just a short 5 minute walk from the ferry jetty to the small township and ferries depart at least every hour throughout the day.

Black Cat’s ferry the Black Diamond was launched in May 2001 and was purpose built to operate as the new Diamond Harbour Ferry, replacing the historic Onawe. The introduction of the new vessel has meant the journey time is reduced to around 8 minutes with greater frequency throughout the day. In combination with buses from Lyttelton to downtown Christchurch, this allows residents of Diamond Bay to commute to the city.

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Schedule & pricing

Schedule

  Departs Lyttelton Departs Diamond Harbour
Weekdays AM:
6:10, 6:55, 7:20, 7:40, 8:05, 8:50, 9:50, 10:50, 11:50
PM:
12:50, 1:50, 2:50, 3:20*, 4:00, 4:20, 4:50, 5:20, 5:50, 6:10, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30(F)
AM:
6:30, 7:10, 7:30, 7:50, 8:15, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00
PM:
1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:10, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 6:20, 6:40, 7:40, 8:40, 9:40, 10:40(F)
Weekends AM:
6:50(S), 7:50, 8:50, 9:50, 10:50, 11:20, 11:50
PM:
12:20. 12:50, 1:20, 1:50, 2:20, 2:50, 3:50, 4:50, 5:50, 6:50, 7:50, 8:50(S), 9:50(S), 10:50(S)
AM:
7:05(S), 8:05, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00
PM:
12:30, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00(S), 10:00(S), 11:00(S)

* One-Way only:
(F) Friday only;
(S) Saturday only:

Public Holidays will run to either a Saturday or Sunday Schedule – Check out the metroinfo website or phone 328 9078 close to the date to confirm.

Please note: For up to date information on the Current Timetable, please check out the Metro Info website. metroinfo.org.nz

Pricing

Prices Child Adult
Lytt/Dia. Harbour or reverse – one way $3.20 $6.50
Lytt/Dia. Harbour or reverse – return $6.40 $13.00
Prices are in NZ dollars and include GST. No Eftpos. Cash and Metrocard only. A discount applies for Metrocard holders

Child Rates: These apply to children between the ages of 5 and 16 years and secondary school children on weekdays if in school uniform or on production of an ID card.

Metro Card Holders get a 25% discount; Adults one way $4.60, Child $2.30

Prams and pushchairs are carried free of charge.

how to find us

How to Get to Lyttleton

Lyttelton is around 15 to 20 minutes drive from the centre of Christchurch. See http://maps.google.com/ for detailed information about how to drive yourself. Print this map out to help you navigate.

By Car

We are located at B Jetty, Lyttelton Harbour.  At the end of the Lyttelton tunnel turn left onto Norwich Quay. The 2nd turning to the right is the Oxford Street overbridge, you will need to park on Norwich Quay and walk over the bridge. Follow the footprints on the pavement and signs to Black Cat ferries and Quail Island.

Public Transport

Alternatively you can catch the number 28 bus. A regular bus service runs between Christchurch and Lyttelton and a ferry service operates to Otamahua/Quail Island from Lyttelton.

Need help getting to Akaroa? Click here for transport options.

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What To Do In Christchurch?

Visit Diamond Harbour.

If you’re looking ideas on what to do in Christchurch, why not visit Diamond Harbour and take in the beautiful sights and sounds of the area.

Legend has it that Diamond Harbour was so named because one of the early settlers observed the sun reflecting on the water and thought it looked like a thousand shining diamonds. Whatever the reason, Diamond Harbour remains one of the sunniest and unspoilt destinations on Banks Peninsula and is great for a day trip for people of all ages.

How about an energetic walk to Mt Herbert or a more relaxing stroll around the cliff tops and beaches. There is great swimming at both Purau Bay and Diamond Harbour and you can rent mountain bikes in Diamond Harbour

The pretty town of Diamond Harbour also has a couple of small café’s for tea, coffee or delcious home-made food. The Chalfont Cafe now has a wonderful licenced decked bar out the back over looking the cricket field. 

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Email

lyttelton@blackcat.co.nz

Phone

(03) 328 9078

Things to do

Suggested things to do in Diamond Harbour

Cycling:  Cycle to Teddington, then up Gebbes Pass and link with the Summit Road to enjoy wonderful views. Return via Dyers Pass Road and Governors Bay

Diamond Harbour Cliff Track:  A lovely coastal walk, quite challenging in places, which starts at Purau and continues around the cliff to Church Bay. There are several approaches/exits to Marine Drive along the walk. Maps available from the Diamond Harbour Country Store or Lyttelton Harbour Information Centre.

 

Diamond Harbour Historical walk:  An easy 1 1/2 hour walk. Maps (50c) available from Church Bay Store and Diamond Harbour Country Store.

Charteris Bay Golf Club

Lyttelton Farmers market: followed by lunch in Diamond Harbour.  Every Saturday from 10am – 1pm the Lyttelton Farmers market is a very popular attraction.  Catch the ferry to Diamond Harbour after you’ve made your purchases and sampled the delicious goodies and have lunch at the Country Store for fabulous food and coffee.

Pack a picnic and head to the beach.  Purau Bay (best at half to full tide) Diamond Harbour (stoney beach but safe swimming).

Frequently asked questions

How long does the ferry journey take?

Approximately 10 minutes one way

Can i pay for my ticket with EFTPOS / credit Card?

Payment for tickets is CASH ONLY

Can i park my car in Lyttelton?

Yes you can. There is plenty of parking along the main road in Lyttelton. It is then just a short 2 minute walk across the footbridge to the departure point at B jetty.

What else is there to do in Diamond Harbour?

For more details on what to see and do in Diamond Harbour see www.diamondharbour.info

Can i use the ferry if I have a disability?

At the Lyttelton side where the ferries depart from there is good access for those in wheelchairs however at both Diamond Harbour and Quail Island the jetties feature steps. With able bodied assistance its possible to get up these steps. There are no toilets on the ferry but its just a 10 minute trip

Are dogs allowed on the ferry?

Dogs remain the responsibility of their owners. They may use the Diamond Harbour Ferry as long as they are kept outside on the back deck, on a lead and supervised by their owner at all times.

Can I take my bike on the ferry?

Yes, this is also free of charge

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Bookings are not necessary & tickets can be purchased onboard the boat.  However if you have any questions, please get in touch with us.

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