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Lyttelton harbour

Any day of the week in Lyttelton offers up a slightly offbeat harbour-side character. A tunnel linking Lyttelton to the heart of Christchurch city means a trip to this busy seaport and scenic destination is only a 15-20 minute drive.

A stroll around the town will introduce you to rich maritime history - Lyttelton was the port of call for Canterbury's 'Four Ships' in the mid 1800s, carrying the bulk of Christchurch's first British migrants. There are plenty of references to the town’s colonial heritage character in carefully restored buildings, and more colourful, bohemian approaches – evidence of the local artisan community. A visit to the Lyttelton Timeball Station is worth every step up the hill for the Neo-Gothic architecture, views and the fascinating Victorian-era history of the Timeball keeping Greenwich time.

Lyttelton cafes

The main street and its surrounds provide you with a quirky coffee and artisan culture by day, fringed by steady seaport activity. By night you'll find music or even poetry in a cafe, bar or the Harbour Light venue. The Wunderbar is an iconic destination for its slightly dark and humourous approach to deco chic, and keep an eye out for posters advertising a subculture of theatre, cabaret and gigs, particularly at the Harbour Lights venue.

A trip to Lyttelton on Saturday morning will find the Farmer's Market in the school grounds buzzing with people enjoying music, and selecting from the area's venison and pork products, cheeses, organic fruits and vegetables, free range eggs, great coffee, Belgian chocolate, fudge, fresh bread and pastry vendors. Get down to the docks early for fresh fish off the boat – this is not available year round, so ask a local. In summer it's difficult to go past the General Store's huge icecreams for next-to-nothing...join the queue of locals and visitors waiting for their iconic treat.

Lyttelton marina

Lesser souls fail to appreciate that while one of New Zealand's busiest commercial seaports Lyttelton and Diamond Harbour have plenty to offer in the way of scenic enjoyment and gentle recreation. A short ferry ride across to Governor's Bay for a stroll will take you to pleasant heritage and swimming spots, and cruise options are available for the harbour, across to Quail Island and beyond to Akaroa.


Featured Lyttelton Events

Graeme James

Graeme James

Concerts & Gig Guide - Folk Events
Wunderbar, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

Friday 27 April 2018



Lyttelton Crafts and Treasures

Festivals & Lifestyle - Markets and Fairs Events
Collett's Corner, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

From Saturday 3 March 2018 to Saturday 29 December 2018

A talented and varied array of artisan craft stalls combined with other stalls selling retro clothing and collectibles. Held adjacent to the popular and famous Lyttelton Farmer's Market. More...

Reducing Our Household Rubbish: The Zero Waste Approach

Reducing Our Household Rubbish: The Zero Waste Approach

Workshops, Conferences & Classes - Public Talks & Tours Events
Lyttelton Recreation Centre, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

Saturday 10 March 2018

Project Lyttelton is pleased to host an afternoon session on zero waste living as part of the Lyttelton Summerfest 2018. Join Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince, the No-Waste Nomads behind The Rubbish Trip for an... More...

Shaun Kirk - Howlin At the Moon Single Launch Tour

Shaun Kirk - Howlin At the Moon Single Launch Tour

Concerts & Gig Guide - Blues Events
Wunderbar, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

Sunday 15 April 2018

Following the recent success of his Australian ‘Midnight in Motion’ Tour which saw award winning blues/soul troubadour Shaun Kirk selling out numerous headline shows across the country; the one man dynamo has... More...

Seaweek - Sea Stories At the Library

Seaweek - Sea Stories At the Library

Festivals & Lifestyle - Children, Kids, Holidays Events
Lyttleton Library, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

Tuesday 6 March 2018

Storytimes for littlies at these libraries during Seaweek. If you’re feeling creative, come dressed in your favourite sea-inspired costume! Contact: Elisabeth McMillan Email: Elisabeth.McMillan@ccc.govt.nz Phone:... More...

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