Lyttelton New Zealand – Land Of Volcanoes

Australia & Pacific | | June 18, 2009 at 5:08 am




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Land Of VolcanoesThe port of Christchurch, Lyttelton, proffers a plethora of inexplicable views of the extinct volcanoes worldwide. Situated in the country down under, on the east coast of South island of New Zealand, the Lyttelton town lies on the northern shores of the Lyttelton Harbour on Banks Peninsula. One is simply enchanted by the pristine views of miniature cottages and harbour dotted with ships and boats in all shapes and sizes.

The Lyttelton Harbour is a bay on the north-west side of Banks Peninsula stretching kilometres inland from the south Pegasus Bay. On the upper harbour of south-west side of Lyttelton, lies the diminutive island of Quail. Encircling the Lyttelton Harbour, there are steep hills formations, evolved from the part of a wiped out volcanic crater that rises way up to a height of about 500m. One can see petite housing colonies interspersed along the shoreline of the harbour, the prominent landmarks are the Diamond Harbour and the Governor’s Bay.

Lyttelton has a soothing effect on one’s senses. One can find corroded remains of two primeval volcanoes on the Banks Peninsula. Banks Peninsula is the most prominent tourist place in Lyttelton and is famous for its Herbert Peak, the tallest point in Lyttelton with heights of upto 3,014ft. A cable car or gondola ride from here lends mesmerising sights of the volcano formations. One can notice the fissures of these craters grown to huge sizes due to repeated flow erosion. Thousands of years ago, when the global water level rose due to the glaciers melting, these huge volcano fissures were inundated by the sea, which now form the Lyttelton and Akaroa harbour. Akaroa, is a huge volcano that touched massive heights of up to four thousands ft. As the sea levels surged, these primeval volcanoes were sometimes transformed into islands, land-locked mass of hills and a peninsula.

The sea-inundated harbours of Lyttelton and Akaroa now flooded by the Pacific Ocean are splendid showcases of corroded, inundated craters. The Technicolor sea cliffs of stratum of lava and cinders deposits are noticed around the coastline. One can find a huge bounty of flora and fauna, great underwater life, wide life forms and spectacular coastline scenery. One can find amazing wildlife like dolphins, penguins, seals and various sea and marine birds.

Banks Peninsula has wholesome climatic conditions with ample rainfall and fewer snowfalls in comparison to the nearby Canterbury Plains. One can find gorgeous snow capped peaks during the winter months.

Volcanoes Lyttelton

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  1. vareeja says:

    One of the features of Lyttelton is the Timeball station. The Lyttelton Timeball Station was erected in 1876 and is one of only five remaining timeball stations in working order in the world

    The Holy Trinity Church, the oldest stone church in Canterbury, was built out of stone transported from Quail Island on land intended for the Cathedral of the Diocese.

    Lyttelton was the location for most of the exterior scenes in Peter Jackson’s 1996 horror movie The Frighteners.

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