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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

Lyttelton Crafts and Treasures

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

From Saturday 18 August 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...

Crap Music Rave Party

Crap Music Rave Party

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

From Friday 31 August 2018 to Sunday 2 September 2018

After tearing the house down at New Years' Eve, Tomás Ford is heading back to Wunderbar for two epic nights with his Crap Music Rave Party. Tomás is the worst DJ in the world, who will play any song you want as... More...

Wunderbar Comedy Night!

Wunderbar Comedy Night!

Performing Arts - Comedy Events
Wunderbar, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

From Thursday 30 August 2018 to Thursday 29 November 2018

On the last Thursday of every month! Hosted and headlined by a pro each time!! Joined by comics across a range of experience and styles to complete the evening! Come join us for a laugh! Show kicks off at 7pm. More...

The Ranchsliders

The Ranchsliders

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

Saturday 20 October 2018

Blues and boogie band ‘The Ranchsliders’ set to play a one-off show at The Wunderbar in Lyttleton. Consisting of 3 members of the ‘Coalrangers’ Geoff Farmar, John Sanchez-Lloyd and Allan Cattermole joined by... More...

Odyssey 45th Anniversary

Odyssey 45th Anniversary

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

From Saturday 8 September 2018 to Sunday 9 September 2018

On September 8th 1973 Christchurch band Odyssey played their first gig at the University Common Room. A few months later, they started a lucrative residency at Moby Dicks in the old Majestic Theatre. After several TV... More...

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