3. Port Hills

To the south of Christchurch is the port at Lyttleton. It's ringed by hills formed by a now extinct volcano. These Port Hills are close to Christchurch, and offer a number of walking tracks. I walked up over the Bridle Path, which was one of the early routes into Christchurch from the port at Lyttleton. It was a moderate climb, taking a couple of hours to get over across to the other side. In the view back over Christchurch you can see right up along the coast, but its more the hills themselves that are the show.

Port Hills
Sheep on Port Hills
Lyttleton harbour feels quite characteristic of the south island of New Zealand. It's somewhat relaxed and in a bold natural setting. The harbour ringed by the barren hills is quite a sight, and it's the type of scene you are immersed in.

Lyttleton Harbour
Lyttleton

As I was there, a change in the weather was coming through, and this included a series of clouds with a striking similarity to airships. That added something else to the character of the harbourside. Not that the port itself was without character - the bright colouring of the containers and crane give it almost a model-like look against the backdrop of the hills behind.

Lyttleton Harbour
Lyttleton Port
The township itself has quite a pleasant small-town feel. It's hemmed in by the steep-sided hills on three sides, and the harbour on the forth.

Lyttleton

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