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  View of Port Levy from a Mount Herbert track.
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  • View of Port Levy from a Mount Herbert track. - Akaroa
      View of Port Levy from a Mount Herbert track.
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  • Port Levy's lovely little church. - Akaroa
      Port Levy's lovely little church.
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Coming from Purau, Port Levy offers a lovely welcome with its small white church sitting at the intersection where you can choose to directly drive up the hill to the Port Levy Saddle, on the way to Little River, or go hiking to Mt. Herbert. From there BTW you have a splendid view over the turquoise blue waters of the Port Levy bay.

The tiny township, named Koukourarata, still is a centre of Maori life.

Once the Ngai Tahu conqueror Moki kept his prisoners there before using them ? if you were lucky ? as slaves or ? if you were unlucky ? as food? Many of the Maori slaves returned to Port Levy after the Christianisation. 250 Maori lived there when the Europeans arrived for negotiations about land.

A stone monument on the east side of the bay commemorates the start of Christian work among the Maori in Canterbury in 1840.

The township was named after the Sydney based trading firm Levy and Cooper.
In the bay there are two small islands, Horomaka and Pukarauaruhe Islands. The two heads of the bay are Adderley Head to the west (to your left, when you stand at the beach), and Baleine Point (baleine = whale, in French) to the east. Adderley Head is the eastern head of Lyttelton harbour (accessible only by walking on private farmland, permission needed).

You have the most fabulous view of this fiord-like bay when coming from Purau/Diamond Harbour and from the Port Levy Saddle where the Mt. Herbert walk starts.

Drive around Lyttelton Harbour to Diamond Harbour, carry on to Purau and then up the hill after having crossed the Purau Stream (90 degree right turn). After a rocky outcrop called the monument the road goes downhill again, and at the bottom is the start of the Port Levy township. Little church on the left. Turn left to the township, or carry on up the hill to the Port Levy saddle and Little River (unsealed).

From Akaroa and Christchurch also: Drive to Little River, turn off SH 75 up the hill to Port Levy (unsealed).

Road from Pigeon Bay only for 4 WD.

On photo 2 you see the photo of the lovely church of Port Levy.

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  • Written May 29, 2008
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