Posted by: sunnyharvy | March 16, 2016

Okains Bay on Banks Peninsula

It’s a scenic but narrow and winding road across the Banks Peninsula to Okains BaySettled in the 1840’s by whalers, farmers and timber-millers this peaceful valley still has many early cottages, historic homesteads and public buildings.

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We spent a couple of hours touring the Okains Bay Maori & Colonial Museum that houses many historic remnants of Okains Bay and the Banks Peninsula region including an extensive collection of Maori artifacts.

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Figurehead on the bow of a traditional ocean going 3-ton waka that is still paddled.

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This Whaakata (Meeting House) was built observing all Maori traditions and tapu, using original materials from other meeting houses.

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The boathouse holds an extensive collection of antique hand carved vessels including smaller waka called waka-titi, which were used for fishing and eeling.

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Mellinium Bridge over Okains River.

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Sheep on hill overlooking the bay.

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Early morning walk on the beach.

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Time to get up!

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Last view of Akaroa Harbour as we depart the beautiful Banks Peninsula.

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Responses

  1. What a great overview of the area. I can really get a sense of its beauty and a hint of its history. Glad to be travelling NZ through your eyes

  2. Looks so peaceful. Are the people as nice as we hear they are – like stuck in the 50’s?

    • Yes, it is absolutely true Leslie. Don’t ask a local any questions unless you have at least ten minutes to listen to the answer!

  3. Nice….I like the historic buildings.


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