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Lyttelton is a port town with a long history. Christchurch’s first European settlers landed here in 1850 before trekking over the Port Hills to establish their new home.

Today Lyttelton is accessed by an impressive road tunnel. It’s a colourful town, home to a community of nearly 3,000, brimming with bohemian artists, cafés, quirky shops and restaurants.

As you’d expect, the local museum has a maritime theme; it also has an excellent Antarctic gallery (Lyttelton was an expedition launching point in the days of South Pole expeditions).

Harbour cruises and great cafés attract visitors to the historic port town of Lyttelton, just 20 minutes from the centre of Christchurch city.

Following the 2011 earthquakes the township has been undergoing a major rebuild but has retained its quirky small port town atmosphere.


Christchurch is bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, and is situated on the edge of the Canterbury plains stretching to the Southern Alps. It is centred in an area of great geographical contrast. Much of the city’s area has been set aside for parks, natural reserves and recreation grounds. A short distance from Christchurch you’ll discover a variety of experiences. From lush vineyards, sky piercing mountains to wild coastllines – Christchurch & Canterbury is a region of remarkable contrast.

Arrival Port
Lyttelton Port Company, Christchurch

No 2 East Wharf (Inner Harbour) for smaller ships.

Channel Draft: 12.4m

Max LOA: 200m
Longer vessels may be accommodated by prior arrangement.

Shore Gangways: Two including platform configurations

Tidal Range: Spring Range 2.22m/ Neal Range 1.40m

Gateway to

Distance to the city
13.8 km (8.6 miles) to Christchurch (roughly 20 mins)

Bus Service
To Christchurch: Number 28 bus runs from Lyttelton to Christchurch. The bus-stop is located on Norwich Quay with buses running roughly every 20 mins. The journey takes around 30 mins.
Within Christchurch: The Metro bus service offers a comprehensive city bus timetable. For more information please refer to:

Taxi Service
Gold Band Taxis: Christchurch’s longest servicing taxi company est.1929, +64 3 379 5795,

You may hire a taxi sitting a maximum of 4 passengers from NZD$65 per hour or a van that can sit up to a maximum of 11 passengers from NZD$85 per hour.

It is about a 23 minute drive to Christchurch city.

ATM machines/ Banks
ATM machines can be found all over the city centre.

Shopping Hours
Mondays to Wednesdays: 9am to 5:30pm
Thursdays and Fridays: 9am to 9pm
Weekends: 10am to 5pm.

Nearest Supermarket

  • New World South City Centre, 555 Colombo Street, Christchurch, +64 3 377 6778.
  • Countdown Moorhouse, Corner Moorhouse Ave & Madras Street, Christchurch, +64 3 366 4804.
  • Pak N Save Moorhouse, 297 Moorhouse Ave, Christchurch, +64 3 377 1000.

Nearest Internet Café

  • Lyttelton Library, 35 London Street, Lyttelton, +64 3 941 7923
  • McDonalds South City Centre, 555 Colombo Street, Christchurch, +64 3 374 6780 – Wi Fi Hotspot.
  • Robert Harris, 12 Hereford St, YHA Building, Christchurch, +64 3 377 8900 – free Wi Fi on purchase.
  • Starbucks, 124 Rotherham Street, Westfield Mall, Riccarton, Christchurch, +64 3 343 4920 – free Wi Fi on purchase.

Post Office
The Post Office is located within Bells Pharmacy, 50 London Street, Lyttelton, +64 3 328 8314.

South City Lotto & Post Shop, South City Centre, 555 Colombo Street, Christchurch, +64 3 379 2527.

Summer: High of 72F (22°C), low of 45F (7°C)
Winter: High of 54F (12°C), low of 37F (3°C)
Average rainfall of 635 mm and average sunshine of 2035 hours

Visitor Information

Christchurch i-SITE, Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch Central
+64 3 379 9629,

What is Christchurch known for?
Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island and is fondly referred to as being The Garden City complete with strong heritage, alps to ocean vistas, a vast range of world-class attractions & activities, wineries, and many nearby beaches & bays.

Attractions & Activities

  • Punting on the Avon River through the Botanic Gardens
  • Christchurch tram
  • Hagley Park
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Willowbank
  • Orana Park
  • Air Force Museum
  • Jet Thrills
  • Christchurch & Surrounds Sightseeing Tours
  • Canterbury Museum
  • Christchurch Casino
  • Wineries
  • Numerous Golf Courses
  • Lookout at Sign of the Kiwi, located at the top of Dyers Pass Road, Christchurch Port Hills, between Christchurch and Governors Bay.
  • Lookout at Sign of the Takehe, at 200 Hackthorne Road, Cashmere.

For more information on visitor attractions, visit Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism.

Black Cat Cruises
Contact: Paul Milligan, Managing Director

Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism
Contact: Caroline Blanchfield, Business Development Manager

Hasslefree Tours
Contact: Mark Gilbert, Managing Director

Independent Provedoring
Contact: Winsome Dormer, Managing Director

Lyttelton Port Company
Contact: Trudi Uttinger, Senior Marketing Analyst

Red Bus Ltd
Contact: Nicky Halligan, Marketing Coordinator

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Seabourn Encore 14-Dec-2017 0800 - 1800
Caledonian Sky 01-Jan-2018 0700 - 2300
Caledonian Sky 12-Jan-2018 0700 - 1630
Seabourn Encore 31-Jan-2018 0800 - 1800
Regatta 01-Feb-2018 0900 - 1900

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