Lyttelton Travel Guide

  • Lyttelton
    by Kimi_the_Bear
  • Leaving Lyttleton for Diamond Harbour
    Leaving Lyttleton for Diamond Harbour
    by Wojtek_R
  • View from the top
    View from the top
    by Wojtek_R

Lyttelton Things to Do

  • Historic Town Walk is a thing of the...

    Update 2013You can still walk the streets of Lyttelton and pass the sites I had described in the tip below - but instead of the beautiful historic buildings you will find mostly empty sites. Nearly all big old buildings have been demolished in the meantime. One exception: at the site of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Winchester Street you will...

    more
  • No more time-check at the Timeball...

    Update April 2011 - Update 2013Unfortunately the Timeball Station that had just been renovated was terribly damaged in the 22 February 2011 earthquake and even worse in June 2011. So instead of being dismantled and restored at some point, the beautiful mini-castle-like building was demolished. However, efforts are being made to fund the...

    more
  • The lost beauty of the Harbour Lights

    Update 2013The Harbour Lights Theatre has been one of the historic buildings that have been demolished soon after the February 2011 earthquake. All you can see there right now is an empty space :-( Although it sits intriguingly on busy London Street you cannot just visit or have a coffee at the Harbour Light Theatre - although it is a licensed...

    more
  • The oldest house is back to its former...

    Update 2010 - updated in January 2012I am very pleased to announce that the region's oldest non-prefabricated workers cottage - named Grubb Cottage - is back to its former glory. It had been fenced off for ages, with no work happening for four years. Finally this year renovation started in May 2010 - and now it is standing there proudly with a...

    more
  • Update: Timeball Station Reopened after...

    Update on 1 May 2007 Just as renovation works were going to be finished the Timeball Station has been hit by vandals in mid April. Stone walls in the so called Wedding Garden were dismantled, an at least 60 year old cabbage tree was broken in half and a sign stolen from the grounds. Apart from that the exterior of the building had been largely...

    more
  • Lyttelton Art Gallery

    This is a nice little gallery on Oxford Street, dwarfed by a hige historic stone building right beside. Paintings, sculptures, jewellery, prints, drawings, watercolours, photographs and ceramic worksfeature in the gallery, often with Lyttelton scenes. Sometimes they have special exhibitions like the annual summer exhibition from mid February to mid...

    more
  • Timeball Station

    Timeball Station has been build 1876. a Ball dropped from its mast to the stone tower, signalling the time for the ships in Lyttelton Harbour. this Timebal is one of the few of its kind in the world, only 5 are still in working order.the ball itself is held in the Canterburry colours..red and black.and wouldn't you know it, the timeball apparatus...

    more
  • Enjoy the Café Scene in London Street

    London Street - the first parallel street uphill from the road along the harbour (Norwich Quay) - is Lyttelton's main street with an incredible lot of cafés, restaurants, pubs, bars, fish'n'chips shops, fashion, gift and book shops, pharmacy/post shop, general store, bottle store, library, hairdresser and a hotel. Also the Tunnel Vision Backpackers...

    more
  • on the Road

    on the Road around the Hills into Lyttelton Harbour, with stunning views over the natural layout of the Port and the surrounding Hills, you'll encounter.....the Pride of Madeira ECHIUM CANDICANS...... this beautiful blue shrub grows quite happily here, high above the cliffs.click on the pic, I think its beautiful!! and please visit my Friend...

    more

Lyttelton Restaurants

  • A lost treasure

    Earthquake update April 2011/November 2012Satchmo's has survived the February earthquake but being located in a demolition zone, it has not been possible to re-open this restaurant yet.November 2012The place has reopened - but Satchmo's has gone. What a shame! A true treasure has been lost. The building now houses Roots restaurant. This is a fine...

    more
  • The best restaurant view of Lyttelton

    Update 27 April 2011In the meantime the place that once was the Indian Harbour restaurant has become a "Fish Bar" named Fisherman's Wharf. It opened two or three days after the earthquake on 22 February and, for some weeks, was the only open place in Lyttelton. As said above, renovations had been going on for quite a while, and the quake could not...

    more
  • The only Pub in Town is a Place to Stay

    Earthquake update 27 April 2011It was great to see that the hotel/restaurant did not suffer any structural damage in the February earthquake and has remained open. The food is as good as ever. Just lately I had a wonderful pasta of the day, and my co-eaters were happy with their toasted sandwiches and fish of the day. It is a great place to take...

    more
  • Strong Coffee and strong Words...

    Earthquake update April 2011Renovated in such a big effort, this place has also been hit hard in the February earthquake. The will exists to rebuild.Finally I have made it to one of the latest additions to the Lyttelton café scene, right beside the Wunderbar. Two young guys have taken on the challenge of resurrecting the last available old building...

    more
  • Great Coffees, Culture and History

    Earthquake update April 2011Sorry to say - but the Lyttelton Times Café has been badly damaged in the earthquake on 22 February. It is surrounded by fallen bricks and fenced off. Looks like one of the places that will be demolished soon. The damaged buildings in London Street have priority in this sad respect, so businesses in not so badly damaged...

    more
  • Do Lytteltonians Eat Nothing Else?

    Earthquake update April 2011The only place in Lyttelton where you can get fish'n'chips at the moment is the newish Fish'n'Chips Bar in the premises of what was formerly known as the Indian Harbour restaurant. They had been working on the renovation for quite a while, were more or less unaffected by the 22 February earthquake and - incredibly enough...

    more

Lyttelton Nightlife

  • A Place of Oddities

    Update November 2012Oh dear, I have just seen that I have not earthquake-updated my Wunderbar review! So let me tell you that the place has less oddities than under the previous owner but still great live music events - and it re-opened for business about half a year ago. I enjoyed my time there during a very loud live music show. All places are so...

    more
  • Eclectic Nightspot

    The Wunderbar is one of the most unique (odd) places you can go to in NZ. From the dolls head collection to the assortment of board games that you can use, this place is a great night out. The back room is like something from a B grade Sci Fi movie and the regulars are just as odd. Your biggest challenge if you have never been here before - finding...

    more
  • Happy Hour

    Empire Hotel, 9 London Street, Lyttelton. Half price happy hour from 5 - 6 every day. This is probably the best bar to get talking to the locals and other people from overseas who have made Lyttelton their home. Owned by an English/Kiwi couple, English bar manager.

    more
  • live concerts

    HHharbour Light Cafe is a small theather where life gigs makes for an good evening out...my favourite spot when I have the chance to get out and about. the Art Deco Building survived a couple of knocks and a very good cusine gives the right touch..so is the winelist and then the cakes. just have a look at there website casual is okay

    more
  • A trip into the Wierd

    No trip to Lyttelton, or for that matter the Christchurch area, is complete without a trip to the Wunderbar. The funky front room and bizzare back room are great places to hang out and watch some very interesting characters flow by. The roof is all sorts of electronic stuff from old TVs or videos, with flashing lights strung through them, as well...

    more
  • The Play's the Thing.......

    The Harbourlight is typical of what makes Lyttelton an interesting place. It is an intimate theatre with a constantly changing list of acts. The Foyer has many posters of previous performers including the likes of Shona Laing & The Warratahs. The blackboard in this area has an updated list of upcoming acts & you can look and book on the...

    more

Lyttelton Transportation

  • #28 and #35 buses to Lyttelton

    -Earthquake update June 2011Since the February earthquake only the #28 bus is operating at a limited schedule, meaning every 30 minutes. It leaves at .20 and .50 past the hour.Also the route has changed as Christchurch's CBD is cordoned off. Terminal in Christchurch now is Parkside, at Hagley Park South, near the hospital.More info on my...

    more
  • The History of the Tunnels

    When the pioneers settled in Canterbury, railway constructions in England had just reached their boom time. A tunnel would have solved the problem of getting the bulky luggage from the port in Lyttelton to Christchurch city. In the early days this was ferried around Godley Head to Ferrymead, and many rafts capsized and the goods were lost.Although...

    more
  • The Ferry Service to Diamond Harbour

    On the passenger ferry it takes just 10 minutes to get from Lyttelton to Diamond Harbour. Of course, you would be more flexible if you had your car in Diamond Harbour but this trip can take you 25 to 30 minutes from Lyttelton.You do not get to Diamond Harbour by public transport, other than the ferry. The buses go only as far as Rapaki which is...

    more

Lyttelton Local Customs

  • The Daily Fire Alarm

    In former times the Timeball Station informed the ships in the harbour about the exact hour with a big bang every day. The sound we can now hear nearly every day are the roaring horns of the fire brigade, following the deafening alarm.The number of alarms is absolutely fascinating but partly explained by the fact that the alarm does not only ring...

    more
  • Summer Street Party in February

    On a Sunday in summer we have the traditional Lyttelton Summer Street Party. This year (2009) it took place on Sunday, 22 February (10am-6pm).It is just an occasion to hang out and sample from the food stalls, listen to live music and have a look at arts and craftswork.London Street (which is the main street of Lyttelton with lots of cafés, banks...

    more
  • Festival of Lights in June

    This is Lyttelton's midwinter Christmas. During the Festival of Lights locals will put out strings of fairy lights, and also trees will be decorated with Christmas lights. As darkness sets in early at this time of the year you get a much nicer Christmassy feel than during the real Christmas time. Especially mulled wine is much nicer than in summer...

    more

Lyttelton Off The Beaten Path

  • Governors Bay (4): Ye Old Vicarage/St....

    Update 18 Oct 2010This lovely church has suffered extensive damage in the September 4 earthquake that rattled the region and the following aftershocks. The church has been secured with a special supporting structure bracing the roof. A precious stained glass window has been taken away and stored at a safe location. Despite the shock the community...

    more
  • Cass Bay - Swimming, Kayaking,

    Located about 3 km from the Lyttelton Road Tunnel, this is another nice bay with a swimming beach with changing and toilet facilities. It is wider than the bay and beach at Corsair Bay. As many little boats are sitting in the harbour the view, coming from Corsair Bay, is just amazing. It also is a good place to start kayak tours on the harbour.The...

    more
  • Picnic at Otuherekio (Pony Point...

    This is a rather new and small scenic reserve between Lyttelton and Governors Bay, just 750 metres past Cass Bay, on the harbour side of a sharp right-hand curve (coming from Lyttelton). It is a grassy area, planted with natives, including a lot of flax bushes and some cabbage trees, has picnic tables and benches, and offers great harbour views. To...

    more

Lyttelton Sports & Outdoors

  • pepples46's Profile Photo

    by pepples46 Updated Oct 11, 2004

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    walking, hiking, biking and swimming area around the Harbour site. at Corsair Bay the walkway starts around the Hills to Lyttleton. when driving around this part, be careful, many Bikers are on the road...and if Mountain biking is your thing, this area will test you. swimming is a delight, many coves to choose from, the water quite pleasant.
    no camping allow but BBQ areas provided, you can spent all day relaxing

    Corsair Bay Track
    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Water Sports
    • Cycling

    Was this review helpful?

    more

Lyttelton Favorites

  • The Daily Bread Crisis in a Bakery...

    My comments and tips about Lyttelton may seem a little too enthusiastic to you, and now I have finally come to the point telling you what I absolutely hate about this place - apart from my neighbours with the cats and the dogs ;-)I was so close to recommend having a coffee at the Bakehouse, as they have added a little seating area but after my...

    more
  • Ships Passing in the Night

    Lyttelton always has something going on whether it be a visit from The Love Boat (in the photo) or from a Russian ship that can't afford to feed its crew. From these ships comes a variety of people that give Lyttelton a level of colour and vibrance plus a major cosmopolitan feel. A visit to the British pub will include you hearing accents from all...

    more
  • the Harbour

    Te Whakaroupo..the Harbour of the bullrush weeds, in Maori, has been home for the Maori for over 1000years. then it was sighted by the Europeans in 1770...Capt. Cook and his ship Endeavour landed here. the natural Harbour with its calm waters and surrounding, sheltering hills, these days it's very inviting for boating, sailing, fishing and also...

    more

Instant Answers: Lyttelton

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

27 travelers online now

Comments

 
Explore Deeper into Lyttelton
Third attempt with three new owners
Restaurants
Decadent Treats and Magic Harbour Views
Restaurants
A Lyttelton Institution with Mexican Flair
Restaurants
Touch of History in a beautiful old Building
Restaurants
CLOSED DOWN
Restaurants
An amazing Mural of the Pioneer Days
Things to Do
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Things to Do
Walk up the historical Bridle Path
Things to Do
Râpaki – where Whakaputa placed his Waist Mat
Off The Beaten Path
Riding Tours in the Harbour Area
Off The Beaten Path
Governors Bay (5): The Views People Enjoy
Off The Beaten Path
Governors Bay (3): A Stroll on the loooooong Jetty
Off The Beaten Path
Governors Bay (2): The Foreshore Road Walkway
Off The Beaten Path
Governors Bay - lovely Village at Harbour's Head
Off The Beaten Path
Corsair Bay – Place of Ocean Swimming Competition
Off The Beaten Path
Coastal Walk to Magazine, Corsair and Cass Bays
Things to Do
Rapaki (2): Church, Cemeteries, Jetty, and Beach
Off The Beaten Path
On the traces of the early settlers in Lyttelton
Things to Do
Let Neighbours and Visitors Enjoy your Fires
Local Customs
How Lyttelton and NZ Save the Planet
Local Customs
Discover the hidden Passage-ways
Things to Do
Be Enchanted by Old Workers' Cottages
Things to Do
Parking on the Footpaths
Local Customs
Old Cemeteries tell about Hard Life of Pioneers
Things to Do
Museum for Maritime, Antarctic and Household Items
Things to Do
Enjoy Views from Rose Garden and Upham Clock Tower
Things to Do
The Gaol: A place to remember - not to see
Things to Do
St. John's Presbyterian/Union Parish Church
Things to Do
Holy Trinity Anglican Church
Things to Do
A Great Walk to the Packhorse Hut
Things to Do
Loop Walk Bridle Path - Stan Helms Track
Things to Do
Climb Mt. Herbert for Spectacular Crater Views
Things to Do
Make the Cliff Walk(s) in Diamond Harbour
Things to Do
The Port: You can have a look but no access
Things to Do
The fairy-tale-like Railway Signal Box
Things to Do
Cruise and enjoy Lyttelton Harbour
Things to Do
Enjoy the Magic Sunsets and Rainbows
Things to Do
Rocks, wrecks and walks on Quail Island
Off The Beaten Path
Where to go
Things to Do
Go Walking
Things to Do
Map of Lyttelton

View all Lyttelton hotels