Road slip on Lyttelton-Governors Bay Road

27 July 1983

Road slip on Lyttelton-Governors Bay Road

27 July 1983

View of a road slip on Governors Bay Road near Rapaki caused by heavy rain in the area. Stood next to the slip is Mt Herbert County foreman Mr A Cameron.

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Area: Banks Peninsula / Governors Bay

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Reference ID: CCL-StarP-02156A

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The slip or more correctly.drop out. was first discovered about one hour after the local bus has passed over this very spot. It was the Road Service bus being driven by the regular driver Bevan HEATH. It was a practise of the Ocean View social club to charter the bus whenever we had an event or visit planned at another hotel to play pool and darts. There had been about 35 passengers aboard as we passed over the remaining very thin arch of clay and road seal that night, bus weight and shaking must have finished off the erosion which would have been working away for perhaps years. Although not easy to tell from the photo angle there was a very large arch shaped hole where the road had been, and very deep. Three busses could have been dropped down the hole. The catchment area of the hillside behind this point has always produced a great deal of water runoff as well as underground water. One of the "Small" family, way back, dug a water well up there for the local farmer. I understand it may have been as deep as 80 feet down by 3 feet wide. May still be there.

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