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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

Festivals & Lifestyle - Markets and Fairs Events
Lyttelton Farmers Market, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

From Saturday 26 August 2017 to Saturday 30 December 2017

The market is open every Saturday - rain, hail or shine, all seasons and all weathers, including 2016 Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Please support local growers and artisan food makers by buying from an authentic... More...

Lyttelton Seafarers Centre Ceilidh

Lyttelton Seafarers Centre Ceilidh

Festivals & Lifestyle - Charity, Fundraisers Events
Lyttelton Recreation Centre, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

Saturday 26 August 2017

Come along and support your local Seafarers Centre. A fun family night for everyone! Music by The Rice Paddies – Christchurch’s Celtic Ceilidh Band. Scottish dancing for all - full instructions provided and no... More...

Odyssey 44th Birthday

Odyssey 44th Birthday

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

From Saturday 2 September 2017 to Sunday 3 September 2017

Celebrate the 44th birthday of one of NZ's longest lasting rock groups, this original lineup that played their 1st gig in September 1973 and went on to be one of the countries most successful touring bands. Covers from... More...

Hero Meet-Up on Quail Island: SOLD OUT

Hero Meet-Up on Quail Island: SOLD OUT

Workshops, Conferences & Classes - Public Talks & Tours Events
Black Cat Cruises, Lyttelton Harbour, Lyttelton, Christchurch District, Canterbury

Saturday 2 September 2017

Join us to boldly go where no photographer has gone before! Quail Island is a beautiful destination, but the regular ferry schedule does not work for landscape photography. So we decided to team up with the nice... More...

The Nudge - Dark Arts Album Release Tour

The Nudge - Dark Arts Album Release Tour

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

Saturday 16 September 2017

The Nudge are set to embark on a nationwide tour to promote their sophomore album Dark Arts, released in February of this year. The Nudge have been busy creating a show that should not be missed. With soaring guitars,... More...

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