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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

Crap Music Rave Party! In Christchurch!

Crap Music Rave Party! In Christchurch!

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

From Friday 3 May 2019 to Saturday 4 May 2019

International party icon Tomás Ford brings his super-fun dancefloor megahit Crap Music Rave Party to Wunderbar for one heeouge night on Friday May 3! Tomás is the world’s most hyperactive DJ, proudly playing the... More...

Mother's Day Lyttelton Harbour Nature Cruise

Mother's Day Lyttelton Harbour Nature Cruise

Festivals & Lifestyle - Family Entertainment Events
Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

Sunday 12 May 2019

Celebrate the special lady in your life this Mother's Day! Enjoy a 1.5-hour scenic cruise on Lyttelton Harbour aboard our spacious catamaran “Canterbury Cat” and take in the stunning local scenery as you sip on a... More...

The Essential Tomás Ford

The Essential Tomás Ford

Performing Arts - Cabaret, Burlesque Events
Wunderbar, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

Wednesday 1 May 2019

Best known in these parts for his legendary Crap Music Rave Party gigs, international party icon Tomás Ford is bringing his acclaimed alternative cabaret show to Wunderbar for one night only on Friday March 29. It’s... More...

A Pint & A Half Quiz Fundraiser

A Pint & A Half Quiz Fundraiser

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

Saturday 11 May 2019

Hosted by Tom Trevella, the pint, and Shay Horay, the half pint; "A Pint & A Half Quiz Night" is a great mix of brain crunching facts and trivia combined with the left field humour of our quiz master duo. Special... More...

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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Willowbank Wildlife ReserveAkaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve - Ports of Call Tour - Christchurch. Starting from $140.00 per person.

See the sights of Christchurch when your ship is in Akaroa port, and explore the city on a comprehensive tour. Your...

 

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