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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

Lyttelton Craft and Treasure Market

Festivals & Lifestyle - Markets and Fairs Events
Collett's Corner, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

From Saturday 28 September 2019 to Saturday 28 December 2019

A wonderful market set in the port town of Lyttelton. There is a great variety of quality items available from a wide range of dedicated and passionate stallholders who love sharing their talents with locals and... More...

Open Mic

Concerts & Gig Guide - Open Mic, Jams Events
Forty Two, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

From Saturday 28 September 2019 to Saturday 2 November 2019

Forty Two Open Mic is suitable for all ages but parental guidance is required for children under 18. This event is hosted by Carmel Courtney and features Child'ress, a local Lyttelton band. If you can sing, dance,... More...

Harry Potter Yule Ball

Harry Potter Yule Ball

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

Saturday 9 November 2019

Harry Potter Yule Ball R18 Hosted by Professors Dumbledore and McGonagall Doors Open at 8.30 Performance starts at 9pm Music including The Weird Sisters - Do The Hippogriff Featuring: Professor Snape... More...

05 ‘Marooned on Quail Island’ Nature Walk & Treasure Hunt

05 ‘Marooned on Quail Island’ Nature Walk & Treasure Hunt

Festivals & Lifestyle - Conservation, Environment Events
Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

Sunday 3 November 2019

‘Marooned on Quail Island’ Nature Walk and Pirates Treasure Hunt with Ian McLennan from the Ōtamahua / Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust, Suky Thompson from Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust and Rachel Brown... More...

Blue River Baby - National Spring Album Tour - Lyttelton

Blue River Baby - National Spring Album Tour - Lyttelton

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

Saturday 28 September 2019

Hot on the heals of hitting #1 on the NZ Independent Music Top 20 Album chart and scoring a solid #8 in the NZ Official Top 20 Album Wellington's Funk dub rockers Blue River Baby are heading South to Wunderbar... More...

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Eliza's Manor Boutique HotelEliza's Manor Boutique Hotel - Bed and Breakfast, Historic, Luxury Accommodation - Bealey Avenue.

Built in 1861, Eliza's Manor Boutique Hotel is a luxury Bed and Breakfast combining historic ambience with comfortable...

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Jet Boat on Waimak RiverAkaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula, Christchurch City Tour and Jet Boat on Waimak River - Ports of Call Tour - Christchurch. Starting from $175.00 per person.

See the sights of Christchurch when your ship is docked in Akaroa port, then enjoy one of the adrenaline-charged...


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