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Lyttelton Harbour
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Lyttelton Harbour showing a marina, mountains and a bay or harbour
Enjoy cafés, markets and boat trips at this scenic European port town, steeped in history and bordered by volcanic hills.

The quaint harbour at Lyttelton sits on an ancient volcanic crater. The steep hills rising around the port town reach a height of 1,640 feet (500 metres), and are known as the Port Hills. In the town, you’ll find an excellent choice of restaurants, shops and cafés. Observe sea and birdlife out on the deep harbour with cruises run by local operators.

Lyttelton makes a great day trip from Christchurch, as it is linked to the city by a road tunnel through the Port Hills. At just over a mile (1.9 kilometres) long, the tunnel is the country's longest underground route. Lyttelton was close to the epicenter of the 2011 earthquake and many buildings were destroyed. However, like Christchurch, the town still has much to offer visitors.

The surroundings provide plenty of opportunities for hilly or coastal hikes, as well as many scenic picnic and swimming spots. Around the Port Hills area there are also plenty of adventure sports to enjoy, including mountain biking. Visit the nearby Quail Island by boat. Used as a leper colony during the first settlements, it’s now a picturesque nature reserve.

Lyttelton was the port of entry for English settlers coming to the new settlement of Canterbury, and the first four ships of immigrants arrived soon after the dock was constructed in the late 19th century. You can still see the original stone dock here at the harbour. It’s the last of its kind in the South Island.

Saturday mornings are a great time to visit Lyttelton, when you can soak up the lively atmosphere of the farmers market as you enjoy your morning coffee. This popular market attracts visitors from far and wide, as well as locals, who shop for freshly caught fish and other local produce.

From Christchurch, you can reach Lyttelton by car or bus via the road tunnel. Cruise into the harbour on a ferry from nearby Akaroa, Kaikoura and Timaru ports.

Enjoy cafés, markets and boat trips at this scenic European port town, steeped in history and bordered by volcanic hills.

The quaint harbor at Lyttelton sits on an ancient volcanic crater. The steep hills rising around the port town reach a height of 1,640 feet (500 meters), and are known as the Port Hills. In the town, you’ll find an excellent choice of restaurants, shops and cafés. Observe sea and birdlife out on the deep harbor with cruises run by local operators.

Lyttelton makes a great day trip from Christchurch, as it is linked to the city by a road tunnel through the Port Hills. At just over a mile (1.9 kilometers) long, the tunnel is the country's longest underground route. Lyttelton was close to the epicenter of the 2011 earthquake and many buildings were destroyed. However, like Christchurch, the town still has much to offer visitors.

The surroundings provide plenty of opportunities for hilly or coastal hikes, as well as many scenic picnic and swimming spots. Around the Port Hills area there are also plenty of adventure sports to enjoy, including mountain biking. Visit the nearby Quail Island by boat. Used as a leper colony during the first settlements, it’s now a picturesque nature reserve.

Lyttelton was the port of entry for English settlers coming to the new settlement of Canterbury, and the first four ships of immigrants arrived soon after the dock was constructed in the late 19th century. You can still see the original stone dock here at the harbor. It’s the last of its kind in the South Island.

Saturday mornings are a great time to visit Lyttelton, when you can soak up the lively atmosphere of the farmers market as you enjoy your morning coffee. This popular market attracts visitors from far and wide, as well as locals, who shop for freshly caught fish and other local produce.

From Christchurch, you can reach Lyttelton by car or bus via the road tunnel. Cruise into the harbor on a ferry from nearby Akaroa, Kaikoura and Timaru ports.

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649 Cheap Hotels Near Lyttelton Harbour

Seaside Cottage
Seaside Cottage
3.5 out of 5
18 St Davids Street, Lyttelton
Situated in Lyttelton, this cottage is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Lyttelton Harbour and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Christchurch Gondola. Mount Cavendish is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Old world charm, modern convenience
"The cottage was cozy and comfortable. An easy location to walk to town and when the weather was nice we could sit out front with our happy hour wine and snacks and have a view of the town and harbor. The house was well appointed. It is an historic house, so those who like modern amenities may not ..."

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2019

Seaside Cottage
Islay Cottage - Lyttelton Holiday Home
Islay Cottage - Lyttelton Holiday Home
1 Ticehurst Road, Christchurch, Canterbury
Situated in Lyttelton, this holiday home is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Lyttelton Harbour and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Christchurch Gondola. Mount Cavendish is 1.5 mi (2.5 ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Awesome heritage cottage
"Islay Cottage is amazing - a beautiful heritage cottage that has been carefully renovated with all mod cons. The house is really well equipped with everything you need. Awesome view of the Harbour and port, and a short walk from the shops in Lyttelton. The best place we have ever stayed - definitely ..."

Reviewed on 25 Oct. 2020

Islay Cottage - Lyttelton Holiday Home
Lyttelton Boatique House
Lyttelton Boatique House
3.5 out of 5
1 Simeon Quay, Lyttelton
Situated near the airport, this holiday home is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Lyttelton Harbour and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Timeball Station.
4.3/5Excellent! (3 reviews)
Mixed Review
"Not quite what we expected .. lovely property, spotlessly clean, good location, good facilities e.g. fully equipped kitchen, nicely decorated But small room and noisy doing the day. also more lodgings than B&B with the owner sharing the communal space We paid for the two nights but stayed elsewhere ..."

Reviewed on 9 Feb. 2020

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Seaside Cottage
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3.5 out of 5
18 St Davids Street, Lyttelton
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Islay Cottage - Lyttelton Holiday Home
1 Ticehurst Road, Christchurch, Canterbury
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Lyttelton Boatique House
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3.5 out of 5
1 Simeon Quay, Lyttelton
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