This ocean gateway, a few miles from Christchurch, is a deeply intended bay, surrounded by volcanic hills. Banks Peninsula, of which it forms a part, is a bold upthrust of rock and ancient lava, which forms an interesting knob on the east coast of South Island. The houses of Lyttelton rise tier on tier up the hillsides, like rows in am aphitheater. Althoug a majority of the ships using the port are engaged in coastal trade, overseas steamers call for wool, frozen meats and other products. 

Photo: W. Robert Moore for The National Geographic Magazine | Zetu Harrys Collection


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