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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.


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Lyttelton Crafts and Bazaar

Lyttelton Crafts and Bazaar

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Collett's Corner, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

From Saturday 25 November 2017 to Saturday 30 December 2017

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Glass Vaults - NZ Spring Tour with Soaked Oats

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Friday 1 December 2017

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Crap Music Rave Party - Christchurch NYE Double Header

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

From Saturday 30 December 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018

Back in Christchurch after his last mega sold-out visit, hyperactive party-machine Tomás Ford is back for two big New Years Eve parties on Saturday Dec 30 & Sun Dec 31 at Wunderbar in Lyttelton. Tomás is proudly the... More...

Lyttelton Farmers Market

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

From Saturday 25 November 2017 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...

Blue Child Collective (AUS) - Album Documentary NZ Tour

Blue Child Collective (AUS) - Album Documentary NZ Tour

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Wunderbar, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

Sunday 7 January 2018

Heads up, documentary number two from West Aussie fluid groovers Blue Child Collective coming at you. "Building The Boat, Sailing The Seas – The Making Of Saturn Saw The Seaside”, their latest colab with... More...

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