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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 Farmers Market

Lyttelton Farmers Market

Festivals & Lifestyle - Markets and Fairs Events
Lyttelton Farmers Market, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

From Saturday 28 October 2017 to Saturday 30 December 2017

The market is open every Saturday - rain, hail or shine, all seasons and all weathers, including 2016 Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Please support local growers and artisan food makers by buying from an authentic... More...

Greg Johnson & Mel Parsons

Greg Johnson & Mel Parsons

Concerts & Gig Guide - Singer-Songwriter Events
Naval Point Yacht Club, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

Saturday 18 November 2017

Greg Johnson and Mel Parsons – a dream New Zealand tour of songs and swagger – takes place 9th-26th November with 11 dates from north to south. Plus1 is delighted to present Mel and Greg alongside their... More...

The Hellfire Sunday Sessions (Edition II)

Concerts & Gig Guide - Singer-Songwriter Events
Hell Fire Club, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

Sunday 29 October 2017

Ciaran Fox, Candice Milner and Fraser Ross present stories, poems and songs in the relaxed cosy atmosphere of Lyttelton's unique Hellfire Club. More...

Odyssey are back

Odyssey are back

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

From Saturday 4 November 2017 to Sunday 5 November 2017

Odyssey are back at the Wunderbar with special guests Layna Hunt, Alan Fairbrother, Mark Wootton, and Mike Pannell. Join them as they rock this venue once again! More...

Daniel Madill with Tacoma Mould

Daniel Madill with Tacoma Mould

Concerts & Gig Guide - Alternative, Indie Events
Hell Fire Club, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

From Friday 27 October 2017 to Saturday 28 October 2017

He’s been called “the best New Zealand songwriter you’ve never heard of” and has shared the stage with the likes The Eastern, Bill Morris, The Tattle Tale Saints, Luckless and Violet French. Local musician,... More...

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