Sunday, May 3, 2009

Christchurch, Banks Peninsula

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This great shot of repairs being undertaken on the space station over the South Island of New Zealand show Banks Peninsula in the bottom left corner.

Banks Peninsula was named after the botanist, Joseph Banks, on Captain James Cook's ship The Endeavour on its voyage to the great southern lands in 1769-70.







The city of Christchurch lies between the Waimakariri River
(famous for jet boating) in the North and Banks Peninsula in the South.








The major inlet at the top of Banks Peninsula is Lyttleton Harbour.
The early settlers, the Pilgrims, arrived in Lyttleton and climbed over the hills
to the Canterbury Plains with their belongings. The heavier luggage was taken
by small boat around to the estuary and floated up the Avon River.

The track they walked is called the Bridle Path and it is a formidable climb.
In addition they were dressed for an English winter,
no-one had told them to expect a warmer climate.

A tunnel through the Port Hills was built when I was a child.



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7 comments:

  1. Those aerial shots are amazing hazy moon.
    Have a wonderful Sunday and........

    Steady On
    Reggie Girl

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  2. Great shots. What a treat for us.

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  3. Beautiful aerial shots and fantastic commentary. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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  4. Cool bird eyes view for the last photo:)This is another thumb up sharing!

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  5. I hope you're enjoying your hometown!

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  6. Very beautiful pictures. What a fascinating place it must me. We are so crowded here and as I told you in my blog NZ has been one of my dreams since that friend’s friend sold his house in Rome and bought a HUGE farm in NZ with vast land and tons of sheep. It's good to take your mother back where she was in her infancy.

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