NPSNZ field trip to Lyttelton and via ferry to Diamond Harbour
Date: 28 November 2015
Leaders: Judy Livingstone and Barry Dench
Report by Barry
Six members and 2 guests enjoyed a pleasant mid-week trip, in very warm conditions, to the Lyttelton Cemetery (Reserve Tce) followed by a smooth launch trip to Diamond Harbour for lunch.
Lyttelton has more than one cemetery; our visit was to the property on Reserve Tce known as the “Lyttelton Catholic and Public Cemetery”. This cemetery has a sizable section taken up with military graves, Roman Catholic section including the graves of priests and nuns and other graves.
The steepish hill is terraced with concrete steps. Some graves have been badly damaged by earthquakes so care was needed to walk around the site.
It was an interesting visit, although the bright conditions were not ideal for photographing glossy and / or whitish head stones. However there are plenty of interesting objects here for perhaps a future twilight visit where lighting conditions would be more conducive to quality photography.
Following the cemetery, we then boated over to Diamond Harbour for a very pleasant coffee stop at one of cafes and then picnic lunch under a shady tree overlooking the harbour.
Overall, a nice day out.
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