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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 Craft and Treasure Market

Lyttelton Craft and Treasure Market

Markets and Fairs Events
Collett's Corner, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

From Saturday 20 April 2024 to Saturday 4 January 2025

Locally-made Aotearoa-New Zealand handcrafts and vintage treasures. Jewellery, timber craft, clothing, woollen handcrafts, toys, natural body products and much more! Meet the makers! Every Saturday 9am - 1pm, rain... More...

Bob Mould

Bob Mould

Alternative, Indie Events
The Loons, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

Thursday 21 November 2024

Bob Mould announces three New Zealand shows for November Legendary Hüsker Dü & Sugar founder to perform career-spanning solo electric shows US indie legend Bob Mould has announced his first New... More...

Dartz - Dangerous Day To Be A Cold One Album Release Tour

Dartz - Dangerous Day To Be A Cold One Album Release Tour

Rock Events
Wunderbar, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

Friday 19 April 2024

The Band From Wellington is back: DARTZ are releasing their second album Dangerous Day To Be A Cold One this March - and to celebrate they'll be heading to Christchurch for a one-off gig at Lyttelton's Wunderbar on... More...

The Soul Sounds Vinyl Night

The Soul Sounds Vinyl Night

R&B, Soul Events
Wunderbar, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

Saturday 27 April 2024

Canterbury Soul presents Vinyl Night at Wunderbar where DJ's will be spinning rare soulful sounds on vinyl 45's at this unique bar and music venue in Lyttleton. From the Funky Beats of Soul Funk and Northern Soul, to... More...

Oddisee - Christchurch

Oddisee - Christchurch

Hip Hop, Rap Events
Wunderbar, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

Thursday 9 May 2024

Oddisee Returns to New Zealand in May Brooklyn based, Sudanese-American artist Oddisee makes an anticipated return to the shores of Aotearoa / New Zealand for three live shows. Since the release of his album ‘To... More...

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