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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

Today to Saturday 28 December 2019

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Waka Whānau Day and Festivities

Festivals & Lifestyle - Ethnic, Multicultural Events
Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

From Saturday 7 December 2019 to Sunday 8 December 2019

Explore the waka hourua Haunui and Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti and Tahitian va’a tipaerua Fa’afaite, and learn from the crew about voyaging during talks and activities. Discover the epic story of Polynesian migration and... More...

The Narcs Unplugged - Summer Tour

The Narcs Unplugged - Summer Tour

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

Saturday 14 December 2019

Iconic kiwi band The Narcs are taking their unplugged show on a Summer Tour plus dropping a new single “I Don’t Want To Go To Work Today” in time for the holidays. The tour will take in dates in New Zealand’s... More...

Guy Williams "Some Places" Tour 2019 Lyttleton

Guy Williams "Some Places" Tour 2019 Lyttleton

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

Friday 6 December 2019

Guy Williams “Some places in the central North Island and most of the South Island" Tour 2019 Billy T Award-Winning Comedian Guy Williams is Back! Some of you might not have even noticed that he was gone, or even... More...

Tomás Ford's Crap Music Rave Party!

Tomás Ford's Crap Music Rave Party!

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

From Saturday 23 November 2019 to Sunday 24 November 2019

Back in Christchurch by popular demand, Tomás Ford is the world’s most hyperactive DJ, proudly playing the songs you love to hate as he lipsynchs his way through the night, projecting home-cooked animated videos,... More...

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