Lyttelton - Christchurch New Zealand information, accommodation and hotel booking, NZ tourism, travel, vacation and holiday information.

Lyttelton

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

Bloody Mary: A One Woman Show

Bloody Mary: A One Woman Show

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

Sunday 28 May 2017

Hot off the heels of three sellout shows at the 2017 Auckland Writers Festival, we couldn't let Mary leave New Zealand without an encore performance in Christchurch of Bloody Mary - her One Woman Show. Irish jazz and... More...

The Songs of Tom Waits (The Piano Has Been Drinking)

The Songs of Tom Waits (The Piano Has Been Drinking)

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

From Thursday 25 May 2017 to Friday 26 May 2017

Carmel Courtney With Ari Freeman Songs of Tom Waits (The Piano Has Been Drinking). An enthralling night of songs by the melancholic, melodious and mercurial mood merchant - the one of a kind, world-weary, wise and... More...

Mary Coughlan Sings the Blues With Jimmy Smyth

Mary Coughlan Sings the Blues With Jimmy Smyth

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

Saturday 27 May 2017

Presented by The Cavell Leitch New Zealand International Jazz & Blues Festival, in association with LAF. Irish jazz and blues singing royalty, Mary Coughlan along with Irish guitar legend Jimmy Smyth and... More...

The Faerie Ball

The Faerie Ball

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

From Saturday 1 July 2017 to Sunday 2 July 2017

The Christchurch Faerie Circle Presents The Faerie Ball Featuring: Magical Summonings Fey Awakenings The Archwizard of New Zealand Wild Wizardly Wonder Nac Mac Feegles Music by Rhomboid Prizes for Best... More...

Let's Not Argue

Let's Not Argue

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

From Thursday 8 June 2017 to Saturday 24 June 2017

Let’s Not Argue is the story of every relationship told with movement and words. It depicts the best, the worst and the funniest parts of the everyday interactions between husband and wife, including the ever-changing... More...

Powered by EventFinda


ASURE 306 on Riccarton MotelASURE 306 on Riccarton Motel - Motel.

Asure 306 offers modern accommodation with double-glazed windows, heating and electric blankets. There is also an...

Weka Pass RailwayWeka Pass Railway - Attraction - Waipara.

Experience a great day out for the whole family on a trip on the Weka Pass Railway. This is a historic rural railway...

 

New Zealand - Auckland - Bay of Islands - Rotorua - Wellington - Christchurch - Queenstown - Fiordland - Accommodation - Activities & Tours - Bus - Car Rental - Events - News - Virtual Tour - NZ Guide Book - Slide Show - Search