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Lyttelton Harbour

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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Islay Cottage - Lyttelton Holiday Home
Islay Cottage - Lyttelton Holiday Home

Islay Cottage - Lyttelton Holiday Home

Lyttelton, Canterbury
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Lyttelton, this vacation home is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Mount Cavendish and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Christchurch Gondola. Sumner Beach and New Brighton Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Lyttelton Boatique House
    Lyttelton Boatique House

    Lyttelton Boatique House

    1 Simeon Quay, Lyttelton
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the airport, this vacation home is 1.3 mi (2 km) from Timeball Station and 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Lyttelton Harbour.

      Adventure Land & Sea
      Adventure Land & Sea

      Adventure Land & Sea

      Cass Bay, Canterbury
         
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        Seaside Sanctuary With Amazing sea & Mountain Views
        Seaside Sanctuary With Amazing sea & Mountain Views

        Seaside Sanctuary With Amazing sea & Mountain Views

        Diamond Harbour, Canterbury
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Diamond Harbour vacation home is located by the ocean, 3.4 mi (5.5 km) from Ripapa Island, and within 16 mi (25 km) of Quail Island and Port Hills. Lyttelton Harbour is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.

          Hidden Gem at the Backyard of Christchurch
          Hidden Gem at the Backyard of Christchurch

          Hidden Gem at the Backyard of Christchurch

          Diamond Harbour, Canterbury
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Diamond Harbour, this vacation home is 3.8 mi (6.2 km) from Ripapa Island and within 12 mi (20 km) of Quail Island and Port Hills. Christchurch Gondola and Christchurch Public Hospital are also within 20 mi (32 km).

            Church Bay Cabin: Sunny, Great Views
            Church Bay Cabin: Sunny, Great Views

            Church Bay Cabin: Sunny, Great Views

            Diamond Harbour, Canterbury
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in a rural location, this cottage is 4 mi (6.4 km) from Ripapa Island and 12.3 mi (19.9 km) from Quail Island. Port Hills and Lake Ellesmere are also within 16 mi (25 km).

              Sensation on Revelation
              Sensation on Revelation

              Sensation on Revelation

              48 Revelation Drive, Christchurch
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the beach, this vacation home is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Cave Rock and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Sumner Beach. Shag Rock and Avon Heathcote Estuary are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Horotane Lodge - Luxurious Christchurch Mansion
                Horotane Lodge - Luxurious Christchurch Mansion

                Horotane Lodge - Luxurious Christchurch Mansion

                Christchurch, Canterbury
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Heathcote Valley, this villa is within 2 mi (3 km) of Christchurch Gondola, Ferrymead Heritage Park, and The Tannery. Avon Heathcote Estuary and Mount Cavendish are also within 3 mi (5 km).