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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 Farmers Market

Lyttelton Farmers Market

Food, Gourmet, Wine Events
Lyttelton, Lyttelton, Canterbury

Today to Saturday 5 December 2020

Our local growers and producers sell their fresh fruit and vegetables, free range eggs, bread, meat, fish, cheese, juices, herbs and plants at the market every week. Many of our regular vendors are actually from... More...

Big Sima & Jake Bartos live

Big Sima & Jake Bartos live

Hip Hop, Rap Events
Wunderbar, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

Saturday 11 July 2020

To celebrate the release of his new single ‘Neverland’ - Big Sima has decided to bring down fellow collaborator and bff Jake Bartos (Summerthieves) to bless us with an acoustic set that will light the house on fire... More...

Internet Death - Not Your Dog Album Release

Internet Death - Not Your Dog Album Release

Alternative, Indie Events
Wunderbar, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

From Friday 10 July 2020 to Saturday 11 July 2020

Internet Death celebrates the release of his digital hardcore debut, "Not Your Dog!". Come celebrate with him and co as he unleashes his chaotic energy on the stage of the Wunderbar, fueled by current events and... More...

Tim Allen 'The Last Bastion of a Lad' Album Release Tour

Tim Allen 'The Last Bastion of a Lad' Album Release Tour

Alternative, Indie Events
Wunderbar, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

Thursday 16 July 2020

Album release show + James Constable + Madeleine Howard The Last Bastion of a Lad. Now THAT’s a rock’n’roll title for an album. Say it in a Lancashire accent, with its resounding assonance and pithy plosives,... More...

Odyssey 47th Anniversary

Odyssey 47th Anniversary

Rock Events
Wunderbar, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

From Saturday 5 September 2020 to Sunday 6 September 2020

ODYSSEY are celebrating their 47th anniversary in style at their favourite local venue - The Wunderbar in Lyttelton. Also included are special guests Layna Hunt, Blair Allchurch, & Pepper Hall. This band, compromising... More...

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