The current population is under 100, but in the mid-19th century it was the largest Māori settlement in Canterbury with a population of about 400 people. It is named after Solomon Levey, an Australian merchant and ship owner who sent a number of trading vessels to the Banks Peninsula area during the 1820s.
The first Māori Anglican church was built here; a stone memorial marks the site.
Portions of the Peter Jackson film Heavenly Creatures were shot in Port Levy. At this place, Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme, two 16-year-old girls from Christchurch, saw their imaginary Fourth World on 3 April 1953, the so-called Port Levy Revelation. It was never explained what actually happened then (a gateway through the clouds, they called it).
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- Website of the local rununga
- Recent community statistics
- Detail on Māori history
- Now part of Christchurch City
- "Heavenly Creatures" locations
- Biography of Solomon Levey