Lyttelton Hotels

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After the quakes: Accommodation in Lyttelton and surrounds

There has never been a real lot of accommodation on offer in Lyttelton and the harbour area. In the earthquakes some of those were destroyed, or just could not be used anymore. But there is still and again accommodation available in this region.

As I live here and cannot test-stay at these places, let me just list them. The two ladies of the Lyttelton Information Centre have just published accommodation in Lyttelton and the harbour area, so let me just copy their writing into this tip. As said, the weekly newsletters of the Lyttelton Information Centre are the source of this information.


Dockside Apartments: Three private apartments enjoying harbour views, available for casual holiday or short term occupancy. Scenic and so close to London Street. Options
range from studio, one bedroom or two bedroom apartment. Tariff from $90 - $120 per night. Phone Grant or Kathy on 03 325 5707 or view more details online

Randolph Apartment: Private two bedroom modern apartment with superb views across Lyttelton and inner harbour, available for holiday or short term accommodation. Apartment features private spa, BBQ area, off street parking for one vehicle, and all the mod-cons including Wifi and MySky television. Tariff from $120.00 per day, with minimum three night stay. Longer term rates available. Phone Heather 03 328 8585 or 03 328 8584.

The Rookery: Built in 1866, the Rookery Bed and Breakfast is one of the oldest surviving local cottages, with wonderful panoramic views of the historic port town of Lyttelton, the main harbour, Quail Island, surrounding hills and volcanic cliffs. Three beautifully renovated rooms are available, one with ensuite facilities. Tariff from $115 - $160 per night. Phone Angus or Rene Macpherson on 03 328 8038 or view more details on line

Diamond Harbour

Mt Evans Bed & Breakfast offers accommodation in two self contained cottages. Quiet rural setting only 500m from the beach. For further information contact Pauline 03 329 4414 or visit

Orton Bradley Park offers self contained camper van sites for overnight stays. Services include 15 powered sites, treated drinking water, toilet blocks and dump site, with the golf club and tennis court next door. Fees start at $15.00 per night for two persons, with additional adults at $6.00 per night. Contact 03 329 4730.

Waimarama Studio available for short or long term stay. Two bedrooms, completely self contained, overlooking the garden and harbour. Very warm, clean and comfortable accommodation. Tariff $200 per week plus power. View more details online or phone Karen on 03 329 3006.

Governors Bay

Governors Bay Bed & Breakfast offers a place to relax and rejuvenate on nine acres to bush side paradise beside the harbour. Enjoy breakfast on the deck while listening to the native bird song. Furnished room with ensuite bathroom and separate sitting area also available for short term rent for those seeking emergency accommodation. For more details contact Eva on 03 329 9727, or view on line

Governors Bay Hotel has been restored to itfs former glory and offers six guest rooms located on the first floor level. All rooms recently renovated with 32 inch flat screen televisions, queen size beds, free wifi broadband, heaters, electric blankets and vanities. Four of the rooms have direct verandah access through French doors opening out onto a balcony with wonderful views over the Lyttelton harbour. Contact the Governors Bay Hotel on 03 329 9433 or view
more details on line:

Living Springs offers an array of accommodation options from fully service private rooms, studios, twin rooms, shared bunkrooms to outdoor camping. Also available are some powered caravan sites. All rooms are clean, comfortable and well maintained for your relaxation. Contact Living Springs on 03 329 9788 or view more details online on

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  • Written January 23, 2012
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Enjoy Lyttelton's harbour views.

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Tunnel Vision Backpackers: CLOSED DOWN - now: ALBION APARTMENTS

Update June 2011

The building which included the Albion Apartments collapsed in the 6.3 earthquake on 22 February 2011 and has been demolished in the meantime. Nothing there but an empty section.

Update 18 May 2009

I have just walked past this backpackers hostel and have seen that it is closed for refurbishment - I suppose over winter. I am amazed that they already have to refurbish the hostel again, just two years after opening. Obviously backpackers live rough ;-)))

12 August 2009

LOL The refurbishment was not to update the backpackers hostel. They have closed down and created a new kind of accommodation, the:

Albion Apartments.

Their ad is a little balla-balla, as we would say in Germany and I better not translate it. It says: "A touch of New York in Lyttelton" LOL LOL Anyway. Now there are two modern self-catering apartments in this building, with harbour views and a sunny deck.

The tariff for one night is NZ$ 150 (2 people, $ 30 extra for up to 4 people). 20% discount if you stay a week or longer.

Already the Backpackers had been nicely refurbished. The building is an historic hotel from the early 1900s, with polished wooden floors. It is at a good place for people who do not want to stay directly in the city. The views of the harbour are there but a bit limited, compared to views from a little further up the hill.

The location is great, as you just have to cross Canterbury Street to be in the middle of the action on London Street. A delicatessen shop and snack (Ground) is in the same building.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Backpacking
  • Written March 1, 2007
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Looking down London Street from the historic hotel

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Kai-o-ruru B & B in Church Bay: CLOSED DOWN due to Retirement

Update Dec. 2009

Due to retirement of the owners who want to enjoy their life in a less busy way, this wonderful B & B in Church Bay, just across the harbour from Lyttelton, has closed down this year.

There are several B & B's in Lyttelton, and also in Diamond Harbour, there are a few apartments available, and there is the Empire Hotel with simple accommodation.

Please have a look at the Lyttelton website if you intend to stay here:

For sentimental reasons I keep my Kai-o-ruru review here:

This B&B is tucked away from the road in Church Bay (Diamond Harbour) on Banks Peninsula, about 35 km from Christchurch. It is not luxurious but cosy, nice and clean. The guests sleep in a separate studio just three steps from the owner's house where you will get fabulous breakfast and other meals. The studio has two single beds and ensuite, no kitchen and a great view over Lyttelton Harbour. Wonderful coastal garden. The owners speak English, German and Dutch.

The prices in NZ$ are:
Double: $95.00
Single: $60.00
Dinner: $30 pp

See photo of the accommodation on the Kai-o-ruru website.

Some years ago my husband looked for a perfect spot for our wedding and found this gem of a B&B located on the cliffs over the sea. The views from the coastal garden over the turquoise blue waters of Lyttelton Harbour and Quail Island to the Port Hills can only be described by the word magic. So we got married in this garden and spent the night in the B&B cottage and enjoyed the delicious breakfast.

If the word hospitality had to be personalised - it would be Robin and Philip, the owners of the place. They are so friendly and welcoming that you feel at home after a minute. They pamper their guests and enjoy a laugh. Absolutely fantastic people in magic surroundings.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written May 4, 2006
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A nice spot in the B&B garden.

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Tunnel Vision Backpackers: Backpackers

We spent a pleasant 2 nights staying at Lyttleton.
The kitchen was spacious and quite clean, and there was a dining table big enough to seat 10 people comfortably.
There was a tv room, bookshelf, internet access terminal and well equipped laundry room as well.

The first night we had a wonderful view out into the street and across the harbour from our room, as the hostel is in the main street, but unfortunately the second day, it was very rainy and we saw nothing but grey mist and cloud.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written May 26, 2004
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Hotel Britain: from yesteryear

I never stayed here, but it looks inviting...with the charme of yesteryear, refurbished and redecorated.

close to the action

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Business Travel, Road Trip
  • Written October 13, 2003
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