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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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Present Significance

Lyttelton, the port of Christchurch, and Akaroa, a county town, are the only two towns of any significance. Fishing is carried on in both places, the Lyttelton catch ranking ninth for New Zealand and the Akaroa catch equalling half of this. The good fishing grounds near Banks Peninsula are fished by boats from further afield and their catches landed at other parts. Akaroa is also noted for its crayfish catch. Occasionally large tourist ships anchor in Akaroa's beautiful and spacious harbour, and the township and its surroundings, with their French associations, have tourist interest. Lyttelton is notable as a port–it is third in importance in New Zealand–and it is the southern terminus for the inter-island steamer express service.

by Henry Stephen Gair, M.SC., New Zealand Geological Survey, Christchurch.

  • The French at Akaroa, Buick, T. L. (1928)
  • Place names of Banks Peninsula, Anderson, J. C. (1927)
  • Crown Colony Government in New Zealand, McLintock, A. H. (1958).