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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

Mary Coughlan Sings the Blues With Jimmy Smyth

Mary Coughlan Sings the Blues With Jimmy Smyth

Concerts & Gig Guide - Jazz Events
Lyttelton Arts Factory, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

Saturday 27 May 2017

Presented by The Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival, in association with LAF. Irish jazz and blues singing royalty, Mary Coughlan along with Irish guitar legend Jimmy Smyth and... More...

2Graves

2Graves

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

Today only at 8:00 p.m.

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The Songs of Tom Waits (The Piano Has Been Drinking)

The Songs of Tom Waits (The Piano Has Been Drinking)

Concerts & Gig Guide - Blues Events
Lyttelton Arts Factory, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

From Thursday 25 May 2017 to Friday 26 May 2017

Carmel Courtney With Ari Freeman Songs of Tom Waits (The Piano Has Been Drinking). An enthralling night of songs by the melancholic, melodious and mercurial mood merchant - the one of a kind, world-weary, wise and... More...

Crap Music Rave Party

Crap Music Rave Party

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

From Friday 12 May 2017 to Sunday 14 May 2017

He's back! Not once! But twice! Hyperactive DJ idiot Tomás Ford hits Christchurch's Wunderbar for two huge nights of his epic Crap Music Rave Party on May 12 & 13. Tomás had to miss Christchurch out in his tour... More...

Lyttelton Farmers Market

Lyttelton Farmers Market

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

Today 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...

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