A 9PM phone call last night from the US Antarctic Program informed us that we had a 24 hour delay on our deployment to the ice. I have not verified the reason, but rumors were that a previous storm laid more snow than could be cleared off the ice runway in time for the arrival of our LC-130. So, with my adventurous co-workers Alissa and Aubrey, we set out to explore more of the Christchurch area, in the rain of course. To Diamond Harbour it was - a highly under-visited and highly rated (by us) place to visit! An easy bus ride to the port town of Lyttleton, and a cheap ferry ride across the bay. If you go, plan to walk the tracks along the coast and eat at the Preserved Cook School & Eatery (weird name, excellent food).
|Port town of Lyttleton on Banks Peninsula, serving the Christchurch and Canterbury area. Looked like massive forest product exports.|
|Lyttleton port operations|
|Now, looking back at Lyttleton from Diamond Harbour.|
|Spring time flowers!|
|Walking tracks go out from Diamond Harbour along the coastline, providing excellent vistas and exotic vegetation.|
|Piling back on to the ferry for return to Lyttleton.|