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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

The Faerie Ball

The Faerie Ball

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

From Saturday 1 July 2017 to Sunday 2 July 2017

The Christchurch Faerie Circle Presents The Faerie Ball Featuring: Magical Summonings Fey Awakenings The Archwizard of New Zealand Wild Wizardly Wonder Nac Mac Feegles Music by Rhomboid Prizes for Best... More...

Lyttelton Farmers Market

Lyttelton Farmers Market

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

From Saturday 1 July 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...

Learn to Sail

Learn to Sail

Sports & Outdoors - Sailing Events
Naval Point Club Lyttelton, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

From Saturday 1 July 2017 to Saturday 12 August 2017

Ever wanted to learn to sail? Now's your chance! Learning to sail is a lot of fun and provides children and adults of all ages with valuable life skills. To help children and families to get into sailing in an easy... More...

Knights of the Dub Table

Knights of the Dub Table

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

From Friday 14 July 2017 to Saturday 15 July 2017

It's Winter and you Southerners will need a lil warming up, so we are bringing the heavy bass lines, silky horns and percussion along with that crafty Dub Table to two venues this Winter. With our recent Unity Summer... More...

LAF Birthday Cabaret

LAF Birthday Cabaret

Performing Arts - Cabaret, Burlesque Events
Lyttelton Arts Factory, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

Saturday 8 July 2017

Welcome to a night of birthday surprises from the team at the Lyttelton Arts Factory - the new home of the old Loons Theatre Company. It's our party but you get the presents! Come and unwrap an evening of your... More...

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