Best Western Diplomat Motel

127 Papanui Road, Christchurch, Christchurch-Canterbury, 0, New Zealand
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Travel from Lyttelton to Christchurch


What is the distance, driving time, and/or taxi fare between the cruise ship dock in Lyttelton and Christchurch Tranz Alpine train station? Is there a communiter train or easy taxi pickup?

Re: Travel from Lyttelton to Christchurch

by Kakapo2

If you want to make it to the TranzAlpine from the cruise ship you best get on the regular bus (# 28 every 15 min during the week, every 30 min on weekends; #35 only once per hour) to the city centre (Bus Exchange) and then take a taxi from Cathedral Square (100 metres from Bus Exchange). The bus trip takes 25 to 30 minutes, and taxi to the Railway Station less than 10 minutes.

You can also get off the bus before the Bus Exchange, at Moorhouse Ave, and then walk to the Railway Station. The walk would take about 20 minutes.

There is a bus from the Bus Exchange, but it only starts operating seriously when the shops at Tower Junction (where the Railway Station is) open, so it does not reach the TranzAlpine (departure 8.15am but you should be there by 7.55am).

There is no commuter train between Lyttelton and Christchurch, only railway line for coal trains from the West Coast.

The distance from the cruise ship terminal to the Railway Station (Tower Junction) is between 12 and 13 kilometres, and would take you 20 to 25 minutes by taxi. Taxi cost NZ$ 40 to 50.

You should enquire with your cruise ship company if they do not have a shuttle bus to the Railway Station, as the TranzAlpine trip is one of the major undertakings people from the cruise ships do.

A last option would be to book one of the shuttle services like or Canterbury Shuttles. Also good for the return trip to the ship.

Re: Travel from Lyttelton to Christchurch

by sufr54

Kakapo2 is right on. We were there last month and actually talked with a couple who where from a cruise ship. Some of their friends had taken the train trip earlier in the day so I know that the train ride is available thru at least their cruise ship line.

Re: Travel from Lyttelton to Christchurch

by kerryanne_o

Dont taxi, it will cost you too much. The approx time from the port to the station would be 20mins driving or less. There is bound to be a shuttle that goes there, if not, there are plenty of buses you could catch. Good luck!

Travel Tips for Christchurch

Mill Island.

by worldkiwi

Mill Island sits in the Avon River, north of the Hereford Street Bridge. A waterwheel on the east side of the island attracts walkers' attention and the story behind this little island is intriguing. In 1897, the mill on this island was demolished and the island was planted out in exotic trees. Apparently some of the trees are still there today. The waterwheel was built in 1997 as a centenary memorial to the Beautifying Society, which took it upon themselves to plant the wee island after the mill was demolished. Loving gardens and the creativity behind them, this little feature on the Avon was one I really enjoyed looking at and learning about.

Airport Penguins

by ATXtraveler

Since Christchurch is the official launching point to Antarctica, it would only be normal for the local mascot of the ChCh airport to be the penguin! This fun animal is there to greet you once you make it past customs, so make sure you get your camera ready for this quick snapshot!

I think this penguin is actually a part of the International Antarctic Centre team, so he may not be here every time, but make sure to be on the look out for him anyway!

A day at the Cricket

by fishandchips

If you like cricket then this is a must do activity. Lancaster Park (now referred to as Jade Stadium) is the centre of cricket in Christchurch with the Village Green out by QEII stadium in Brighton and Hagley Oval in the middle of the city the other main venues. Lancaster Park is a small ground so you are not too far away from the action. Jade Stadium itself is to be upgraded to be prepared for the 2011 World Rugby Cup so it should only get better as time goes on. Opnion here is that cricket should move to a new home with most looking to the Village Green as the new home of Canterbury Cricket. This will depend on what type of game you are coming for (one dayer or test match which is played over 5 days) and how bad the Aucklanders have been (recent pitch invasions by our northern cousins have resulted in some crazy rules around what you can and can't bring to the ground). Make sure you have a sun hat of some sort and sunscreen. A bag of food is good and your drink will need to be non-alcoholic.

Cycling and jogging at the Bottle Lake Reserve

by Kakapo2

It is not always easy to go jogging and cycling in non-danger zones in New Zealand. Big parts of the country are either fenced (long live farming... ;-) or the terrain is difficult. Or, of course, you do not live in the vicinity of a park in the city.

The Bottle Lake Reserve (or: Forest Park) is a huge area on the northern shores of Christchurch and perfect for people who do not want to get hit by a car, fall over rocks as it could happen on the mountainbike tracks in the Port Hills, or are just not fit enough or willing to run or cycle up- and downhill extremely. It is good for cycling, jogging, walking and even horse riding.

The forest park is - apart from some mini hills on the BMX tracks - perfectly flat, and on hot days it is nice to work out in the cool shadow of the trees. The tracks still require some effort as they are not smooth or sealed. They are on rather rough gravel forest roads, nice forest ground and sometimes on the sand from the dunes that separate the Bottle Lake Reserve from the beaches where you can rest and have your lunch break. So a perfect area to be active and relax at the same time.

Although there are no cars crossing you still have to be cautious on the BMX tracks as some people seem to think they are alone in this world. They do not look neither left nor right and do not give way but race over crossing tracks at high speed, which could end in serious crashs.

The tracks lead into adjadent Spencer Park in the north of Bottle Lake Reserve where you also find toilets, picknick and BBQ areas, and even a horse park.

Although there are map boards in the forest it is recommended to get a map at the information centre, as the boards might not be where you would exactly need them... ;-)

(this does not fit in the "other info" link...)

Free yellow shuttle bus

by rozehill

with in the city limits there is a free shuttle, a bright yellow bus which goes around the main streets cotinuously. You can hop on and off at leisure.
10 minute frequency between 8.00--19.00
15 minute frequency between 19.00--22.30


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Address: 127 Papanui Road, Christchurch, Christchurch-Canterbury, 0, New Zealand