Diamond Harbour Ferry service
Legend says Diamond Harbour earned its name when an early settler saw sunlight sparkling on the water, and it reminded him of countless shimmering diamonds.
Diamond Harbour remains one of the sunniest, most untouched destinations on Banks Peninsula, perfect for day trips. Whether you’re up for a vigorous hike to Mt. Herbert, a leisurely cliff-top walk, or a simple café visit for delectable food and coffee, there’s something for everyone.
The Diamond Harbour Ferry, operating since 1888, is the recommended mode of transport, bridging Diamond Harbour with Lyttelton. Just a brief 5-minute stroll from the ferry jetty brings you to the heart of the township. With departures every hour, the journey is both convenient and scenic.
Black Cat’s ferry, the Black Diamond, introduced in May 2001, serves as the modern Diamond Harbour Ferry. It replaces the historic Onawe, cutting travel time to roughly 8 minutes and offering more frequent trips. Paired with buses from Lyttelton to Christchurch, it provides Diamond Bay residents an easy commute to the city.contact us