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Diamond Harbour
Main Diamond Harbour jetty
Main Diamond Harbour jetty
Country New Zealand
Region Canterbury Region
District Christchurch City
Ward Banks Peninsula
 • Total 4.06 km2 (1.57 sq mi)
 (June 2021)
 • Total 1,600
 • Density 394/km2 (1,020/sq mi)
Local iwi Ngāi Tahu

Diamond Harbour is a small town on Banks Peninsula, in Canterbury, New Zealand. It is on the peninsula's northern coast, on the southern shores of Lyttelton Harbour, and is administratively part of the city of Christchurch.


Diamond Harbour statistical area, which includes Charteris Bay, covers 4.06 km2 (1.57 sq mi). It had an estimated population of 1,600 as of June 2021, with a population density of 394 people per km2.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
2006 1,209 —    
2013 1,305 +1.10%
2018 1,497 +2.78%

Diamond Harbour had a population of 1,497 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 192 people (14.7%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 288 people (23.8%) since the 2006 census. There were 666 households. There were 732 males and 765 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.96 males per female. The median age was 48.9 years (compared with 37.4 years nationally), with 261 people (17.4%) aged under 15 years, 132 (8.8%) aged 15 to 29, 768 (51.3%) aged 30 to 64, and 336 (22.4%) aged 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 95.6% European/Pākehā, 6.4% Māori, 1.6% Pacific peoples, 1.6% Asian, and 1.2% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities).

The proportion of people born overseas was 30.9%, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 61.9% had no religion, 28.5% were Christian, 0.6% were Buddhist and 3.0% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 471 (38.1%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 99 (8.0%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $37,900, compared with $31,800 nationally. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 582 (47.1%) people were employed full-time, 234 (18.9%) were part-time, and 15 (1.2%) were unemployed.


Diamond Harbour School is a full primary school catering for years 1 to 8. It had a roll of 145 as of July 2016. The school opened in 1945.


A ferry connects Diamond Harbour to Lyttelton, on the harbour's northern shore. In combination with buses from Lyttelton to Christchurch, this allows residents of Diamond Harbour to commute to the city. Diamond Harbour is 25 kilometres via the Governors Bay road to Lyttelton.

Diamond Harbour from Port Hills

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