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Source: Environment Canterbury Regional Council

Three new webcams have been installed along the Te Pātaka-o-Rākaihautū/Banks Peninsula coastline to provide greater visibility of Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour and Akaroa Harbour.

Navigation Safety Officer Gordon McKay said the webcams allow the Harbourmaster’s Office and the community to keep an eye on coastal conditions and ship movements.

“These new webcams allow us to visually track ships and other vessels coming in and out of the harbours, which we haven’t been able to easily do before.”

“They’re also something the community can use, additional to weather forecasts, as a check of the weather and water conditions before they head out.”

How does it work?

Images from the webcams automatically upload to the Environment Canterbury website every five minutes, giving the public a frequent picture of what’s happening on the water, and better visibility for the Harbourmaster’s Office when responding to incidents.

“Not only do the webcams provide us with a picture of what’s happening in the harbours and along the coastline, they also capture a fantastic view of our beautiful Peninsula landscape.”

“I encourage anyone planning a day out on the water, or time exploring the Peninsula to take time to go online and view the webcam images to help ensure they’re prepared for the conditions,” said McKay.

The webcams are located on private land, with two placed at Akaroa Heads and one at Lyttelton Heads.

You can view the webcam images online at