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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

Lucky For Some

Lucky For Some

Theatre Events
The Loons, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

From Monday 5 July 2021 to Friday 9 July 2021

A tragic tale of love, death, betrayal and double edged redemption. How does a family wrought with dysfunction deal with a most unfortunate crisis? With Booze and Benzo fuelled frustrations of course. This story is... More...

Olive Copperbottom: A Dickensian Tale of Love, Gin & the Pox

Olive Copperbottom: A Dickensian Tale of Love, Gin & the Pox

Musicals Events
Lyttelton Arts Factory, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

From Friday 25 June 2021 to Saturday 3 July 2021

Penny Ashton brings Dickensian inspired orphaned hero Olive, and a squalid gaggle of hilarious Victorians, to crusty life. A rollicking romantic musical journey through fifteen gin-soaked characters told with song, dance... More...

Ben Hurley & Justine Smith

Ben Hurley & Justine Smith

Comedy Events
The Loons, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

Friday 2 July 2021

Two of your comedy faves are coming to Lyttelton… Ben Hurley & Justine Smith! You’ll know both of them from TV’s 7 Days, The Project, numerous Comedy Gala AotearoHA’s and heaps more! They are both winners... More...

Wunderbar Comedy Night

Wunderbar Comedy Night

Comedy Events
Wunderbar, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

Thursday 24 June 2021

Come along to Christchurch's most unique little bar and nestle yourself into their groovy back room for an evening of laughter! This show opens with a professional comedian as your host who will guide you through a... More...

Lyttelton Craft and Treasure Market

Lyttelton Craft and Treasure Market

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

From Saturday 26 June 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...

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Lorenzo Motor Lodge - Motel.

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