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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 26 October 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...

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...

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...

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...

Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen

Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen

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

From Thursday 7 November 2019 to Saturday 9 November 2019

Christchurch's own Penny Ashton is back with her global Jane Austen smash hit. Follow the fortunes of Miss Elspeth Slowtree as she battles literary snobbery, her mother’s nerves and Cousin Horatio’s digestions,... More...

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9-Day South Island Adventure from Christchurch9-Day South Island Adventure from Christchurch - Multi-day Tour - Christchurch. Starting from $2285.00 per person.

This 9-day tour, will take you on an unforgettable adventure around the lower South Island of New Zealand with a...

 

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