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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 Crafts and Treasures

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

From Saturday 22 September 2018 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 Ranchsliders

The Ranchsliders

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

Saturday 20 October 2018

Blues and boogie band ‘The Ranchsliders’ set to play a one-off show at The Wunderbar in Lyttleton. Consisting of 3 members of the ‘Coalrangers’ Geoff Farmar, John Sanchez-Lloyd and Allan Cattermole joined by... More...

Greg Johnson - Every Song Has A Story

Greg Johnson - Every Song Has A Story

Concerts & Gig Guide - Singer-Songwriter Events
Lyttelton Arts Factory, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

Thursday 1 November 2018

Every Song Has A Story sees Greg Johnson in concert for eight shows across New Zealand in October and November - presenting songs, tall stories and images to match. Greg will strip back each song in intimate duo... More...

The Big Spring Concert

The Big Spring Concert

Concerts & Gig Guide - Singer-Songwriter Events
Lyttelton Arts Factory, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

Saturday 27 October 2018

Featuring the original songs of Naomi Ferguson Lisa Tui & Nikki Berry - musicians supporting activists - with special guests and a 'pop up choir'. This concert features the original songs of Naomi Ferguson, Lisa Tui... More...

EV Drive Experience Lyttelton - Drive a Yoogo Share EV

EV Drive Experience Lyttelton - Drive a Yoogo Share EV

Workshops, Conferences & Classes - Public Talks & Tours Events
Lyttelton Farmers Market, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

Saturday 22 September 2018

Join us in Lyttelton and get behind the wheel of a Yoogo Share pure electric Hyundai IONIQ or BMW i3 for free! We'll be at the Lyttelton Farmers Markets with our friends from Meridian Energy, Hyundai and BMW to answer... More...

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Airport Stableford B&BAirport Stableford B&B - Bed and Breakfast.

Situated next to Russley Golf Club, Airport Stableford B&B is located in Christchurch. There is a regular bus service...

15-Minute Wellington Harbour Helicopter Flight15-Minute Wellington Harbour Helicopter Flight - Helicopter Tour - Wellington. Starting from $199.00 per person.

Escape the heart of the capital city to explore the boundaries of Wellington Harbour on this 15-minute Helicopter...

 

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