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Cass Bay Review

Finnian Murray
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  Credit: Michelle - christchurchdailyphoto.com

There's no better feeling when heading to Lyttelton than coming out of the tunnel and seeing the incredible view of Lyttelton Harbour.

If you find Corsair bay to be too busy with the large amounts of teenagers and their friends, then Cass bay is a great option for the more relaxed approach.

Cass Bay is three and a half kilometres from Lyttelton town centre, and 15 kilometres from the Christchurch city centre. It is made up of three different beaches and there is a track that weaves through the bushes to take you to each one. Personally, my favourite beach is the furthest one away from Cass Bay's biggest beach. It's a lot quieter and if you're lucky enough to be there when no one else is, it's so quiet you could hear a pin drop. It's a cove-like beach, so it can feel like your own little remote getaway spot.

The main and biggest beach at Cass Bay has a playground for the kids to explore while you soak up the sun (in summer of course). Now, although it is winter, Cass Bay still has a lot to offer with a boat ramp so you can take the kids out on the kayak or paddle boat. There is also a walking track that is available which starts at Cass bay, takes you past Corsair, ending at Pony Point on the hill. In summer Cass Bay has a pontoon floating in the water, allowing the kids (or adults) to jump off or just relax floating on the water.

On the other side of the Lyttelton tunnel there is a lot to offer, making it feel like a completely different country. Cass Bay is a real hidden gem and definitely something you should try, whether that be in winter or in summer.


Entertainment - 7/10

Scenery - 8/10

Difficulty- n/a