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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

Celebratin' Bob

Celebratin' Bob

Folk Events
The Loons, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

Friday 6 August 2021

Celebratin' Bob showcases the songs of Bob Dylan sung and played by an exciting lineup of local musicians. This year when Dylan turned 80, it seemed time to revisit some of his greatest songs. Adam Mcgrath, Adam... More...

Lyttelton Craft and Treasure Market

Lyttelton Craft and Treasure Market

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

From Saturday 7 August 2021 to Saturday 9 April 2022

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...

2Graves

2Graves

Theatre Events
Lyttelton Arts Factory, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

From Friday 6 August 2021 to Saturday 7 August 2021

Bobby Tops is riding on the crest of a wave, poised to take the crown at the 1978 World Professional Darts Championship. Only now he’s dead. His adoring son Jack seeks to avenge his father’s death in a... More...

Deva Mahal - The Kinship Tour

Deva Mahal - The Kinship Tour

R&B, Soul Events
The Loons, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

Saturday 7 August 2021

Due to popular demand, Deva Mahal is doing a series of special shows this August as she embarks on a 7-date nationwide ‘Kinship’ tour. Join Wellington-based Soul & R n B artist, Deva Mahal, for these incredible... More...

Mel Parsons

Mel Parsons

Folk Events
The Loons, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

Thursday 9 September 2021

Award-winning touring artist Mel Parsons is hitting the road this September to mark the release of her new single ‘Carry On’, out on August 20. The moody new single is the first since Parsons’... More...

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