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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

Raybon ... Kan Touch This

Raybon ... Kan Touch This

Comedy Events
Wunderbar, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

Thursday 5 November 2020

An uproarious, turbo-charged (yet environmentally friendly) evening of stand-up comedy. Raybon gives touchy subjects the kind of careful touching you'd attribute to an overworked courier driver -- or an eager intestinal... More...

Lyttelton Farmers Market

Lyttelton Farmers Market

Food, Gourmet, Wine Events
Lyttelton, Lyttelton, Canterbury

From Saturday 24 October 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...

Odyssey 47th Anniversary

Odyssey 47th Anniversary

Rock Events
Wunderbar, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

From Friday 6 November 2020 to Saturday 7 November 2020

Odyssey's sold out 47th anniversary concert that was postponed in September (5th) due to COVID is now rescheduled for the same venue. As well as Odyssey, special guests include Layna Hunt, Blair Allchurch, Pepper Hall... More...

Lyttelton Book Fair

Lyttelton Book Fair

Markets and Fairs Events
Lyttelton Arts Factory, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

Saturday 7 November 2020

The Lyttelton Book Fair is back for 2020! A fundraiser for the growth of the Lyttelton Primary School Library this is a huge sale of quality new and second-hand books with a silent auction of desirable and unusual... More...

Wunderbar Comedy Night

Wunderbar Comedy Night

Comedy Events
Wunderbar, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

From Thursday 29 October 2020 to Thursday 26 November 2020

Come along to Christchurch's most unique little bar for an evening of laughs nestled in the the grooviest back room you've ever set your eyes upon... plus just the right amount of disco balls! This show opens with a... More...

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