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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

Food, Gourmet, Wine Events
Lyttelton, Lyttelton, Canterbury

From Saturday 15 August 2020 to Saturday 5 December 2020

Our local growers and producers sell their fresh fruit and vegetables, free range eggs, bread, meat, fish, cheese, juices, herbs and plants at the market every week. Many of our regular vendors are actually from... More...

Helena Faust Mountain Music

Helena Faust Mountain Music

Folk Events
Wunderbar, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

Today only at 7:00 p.m.

From deep within the Appalachian Old-time traditions, Helena brings the songs of the pioneers, old gospels and her own mountain-forged originals and will be performing a 1 hour set on banjo and fiddle at the iconic... More...

Some Girls Sing The Stones

Some Girls Sing The Stones

Classic Rock Events
Wunderbar, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

Saturday 22 August 2020

Doors 7.30pm Music 8.30pm Following the sellout, 'Songs of Bob Dylan', comes, Some Girls sing the Stones. 10 woman singers from across the Christchurch music scene play 2 Rolling Stones songs each, then join... More...

Collettseum Arts and Music Festival

Collettseum Arts and Music Festival

Music Festivals Events
Collett's Corner, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

Saturday 5 September 2020

A free community oriented festival to celebrate performance arts, fire-spinning, food and crafts, and of course, musical performances. Rhodry Yates 15:00 Kay Duncan 15:15 Electric Temples 15:30 Levi Gary Dick... More...

The Stevie Nicks, Linda Ronstadt & Carole King Songbook

The Stevie Nicks, Linda Ronstadt & Carole King Songbook

Covers, Tribute Bands Events
Wunderbar, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

Saturday 18 September 2021

Direct from Melbourne. Touring New Zealand 2021 (2020 Tour Postponed) BLOOM sings The Stevie Nicks Linda Ronstadt and Carole King Songbook Wunderbar, Saturday 18th September 2021 GA $39 Doors 8pm - Show starts... More...

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Heartland Hotel CotswoldHeartland Hotel Cotswold - Hotel - Papanui Road.

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High Country Station Pioneering Clydesdale Experience & Scenic Day Tour from ChristchurchHigh Country Station Pioneering Clydesdale Experience & Scenic Day Tour from Christchurch - Maori - Christchurch. Starting from $230.00 per person.

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