Peninsula on the South Island of New Zealand has two deep
harbours, Akaroa Harbour and Lyttelton Harbour. The town of
Lyttelton is not far from Christchurch city. Christchurch and
Lyttelton are linked by a railway or a road tunnel. The
Lyttelton Harbour is surrounded of hills which were formed by an
extinct crater. Lyttelton is known by the Maoris as Te Whaka
Raupo. Lyttelton has been the home of Marios for around one
thousand years and the Europeans discovered the place during the
year 1770 by James Cook. Lyttelton was named as harbour in 1849.
In the past Lyttelton was called Port Victoria and Port Cooper.
Lyttelton was named after George William Lyttelton. William
Lyttelton, fourth Baron Lyttelton was born in 1817 and was a
British aristocrat. He helped a lot in the foundation of
Canterbury. While you are visiting Christchurch city you can
make a little cross to Lyttelton Harbour over Port Hills or
through the road tunnel. The place offers spectacular scenery to
visitors. Banks Peninsula has a lot of attractions and historic
sites to visit. So while visiting New Zealand do not miss to
visit this area of the South Island.