Governors Bay

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View of Governors Bay from the Port Hills

Governors Bay is a small settlement in Canterbury, New Zealand.


The settlement of Governors Bay is located on Banks Peninsula near the head of Lyttelton Harbour.[1] It is connected via Governors Bay Road to Lyttelton, via Dyers Pass Road over the Port Hills to the Christchurch suburb of Cashmere, and via Main Road to the south side of the harbour basin and Banks Peninsula.


Governors Bay Jetty

Governors Bay School in Jetty Road caters for students from year 0 to year 8.[2] From year 9 onwards, students attend one of the high schools in Christchurch.[3] Cholmondeley Children´s Home in Cholmondeley Lane is a children's home providing quality short-term or emergency residential care for children, usually between the ages of 3–12 years, and support for their families.[4] Governors Bay Hotel, founded in 1870, is one of the oldest hotels in continuous operation in New Zealand. It remained open after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.[5]

Heritage buildings[edit]

The Ohinetahi historic homestead, in Ohinetahi, is a Category I heritage building,[6][7] and the associated formal garden is considered to be one of New Zealand's finest.[8] A partnership of three purchased the property in 1977 [9] and one of them, prominent Christchurch architect Sir Miles Warren, has lived in the property since soon afterwards. Damage from the September 2010 quake forced changes to lighten the upper story of the building.[9] Sir Miles gifted the property "to the nation" in early 2013.[9]

St Cuthbert's Church in Governors Bay Road, built in 1860, is also a Category I building.[10] It was extensively damaged in the September 2010 quake, and its future is uncertain.[11]

The original 1868 Governors Bay School and the associated school house are both Category II heritage structures, significant because there are very few remaining school buildings from provincial government times. The school is located on land donated by Thomas Potts.[12][13]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Leslie Kenton (1941–2016) American-born writer, journalist and entrepreneur[14]
  • Margaret Mahy (1936–2012), author of children's and young adult books
  • Sir Miles Warren (b. 1929), architect
  • Mary Elizabeth Small, the real-life mother at the centre of Elsie Locke's 1965 children's novel The Runaway Settlers



  1. ^ "Welcome to Governors Bay". Governors Bay Community Association. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Governors Bay School". Governors Bay School. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Schools". Governors Bay Community Association. Archived from the original on 30 March 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Pollock, Kerryn (6 July 2011). "Children's homes and fostering - Residential homes for children, early 2000s". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Home". Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Ohinetahi". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Wilson, John (2 March 2009). "Canterbury places - Lyttelton Harbour". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  8. ^ Mackay, Janetta (25 February 2009). "Christchurch: Take a blooming lovely tour". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c "Sir Miles Warren's Ohinetahi", Rosa sheils, February 2013, The Press
  10. ^ "St Cuthbert's Church". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "St Cuthbert's", Canterbury Earthquake Heritage Buildings Fund
  12. ^ "Governors Bay School". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "Governors Bay School House". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  14. ^ Cowdrey, Katherine (29 November 2016). "Health and beauty writer Leslie Kenton dies". The Bookseller. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  15. ^ "The time of the child : a sequence of poems". WorldCat. Dublin, OH: OCLC. OCLC 42004954. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  16. ^ Hebley, Diane (1998). "Locke, Elsie". In Robinson, Roger; Wattie, Nelson. The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-558348-9. OCLC 803233825. Retrieved 9 August 2012.  Also available to subscribers at Oxford Reference Online.

Coordinates: 43°37′29″S 172°38′54″E / 43.62472°S 172.64833°E / -43.62472; 172.64833