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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 Butler Dresses Again

The Butler Dresses Again

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

Today to Sunday 28 January 2018

If you saw the original Butler you’ll recognise The Butler Dresses Again and at the same time you won’t. It’s still funny and sexy and wrong. It’s still like nothing else. The butler presides over a dinner... More...

Lyttelton Crafts and Bazaar

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

Today to Saturday 29 December 2018

A talented and varied array of artisan craft stalls combined with other stalls selling retro clothing and collectibles. Held adjacent to the popular and famous Lyttelton Farmer's Market. More...

The Butler Dresses Again

The Butler Dresses Again

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

Today to Sunday 28 January 2018

If you saw the original Butler you’ll recognise The Butler Dresses Again and at the same time you won’t. It’s still funny and sexy and wrong. It’s still like nothing else. The butler presides over a dinner... More...

Lyttelton Summerfest - Outdoor Film and Entertainment Series

Lyttelton Summerfest - Outdoor Film and Entertainment Series

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

Friday 9 February 2018

Hunt for the Wilderpeople at Lyttelton Tennis Club, Friday 9th February, with music from AL P and his PALS from 6:30pm, entertainment with Sport Suzie at 8pm, film starts at 8:45pm. Food by Lyttelton Tennis Club... More...

Odyssey

Odyssey

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

Saturday 10 February 2018

Odyssey return with their "Make Saturday Night Great Again" concert. Special guest vocalist Layna Hunt. More...

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