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.
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.
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
Performing Arts - Theatre Events
Lyttelton Arts Factory, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury
Today to Saturday 26 January 2019
“Our Town” is Thornton Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer prize winning play which became America’s most produced play with over 4000 productions in the last decade alone.
“Our Town” is about the people living in the... More...
Workshops, Conferences & Classes - Family & Lifestyle Events
Lyttelton Recreation Centre, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury
Tuesday 12 March 2019
Prepare to be inspired, become motivated, and take control of your household’s impact on our future. Get lots of exciting and inspirational education around ways you can minimize waste at home.
Note: This venue will... More...
Performing Arts - Comedy Events
Wunderbar, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury
From Thursday 31 January 2019 to Thursday 28 November 2019
On the last Thursday of every month!
Hosted and headlined by a pro each time! Joined by open mic comics across a range of experience and styles to complete the evening!
Come join us for a laugh!
Show kicks off at... More...
Sports & Outdoors - Outdoors, Tramping Events
Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury
Friday 22 February 2019
As part of Get Outdoors Week 2019 we have made a placeholder meetup for you to get into the outdoors and enjoy a beautiful walk!
Join others on a 45 minutes one way walk, Rapaki Track (https://bit.ly/2TSjdEa).
Southern Comfort Motels
- Apartment, Motel - Bealey Avenue.
The Southern Comfort Motel is located in Christchurch, within walking distance of the Casino, and a good selection of...