Christchurch Gondola © Christchurch & Canterbury TourismSurrounded by the rugged Port Hills and overlooking beautiful Lyttelton Harbour, the vibrant port town of Lyttelton has historic architecture and stunning views. Just a quick drive from Christchurch through one of the country's longest road tunnels, Lyttelton has plenty of activities to tempt visitors, from wildlife cruises to heritage trails. Out in the harbour, you can take a guided tour of Ripapa and Quail Islands, spot the rare hector's dolphins on a nature cruise, or join a kayaking adventure. Back on land, you'll find colourful cafes, a Harbour Heritage Trail and a wonderful collection of historic buildings on the steep streets leading up from the harbour. 

Lyttelton has a fascintating geological history. It was formed by the violent eruptions of two Banks Peninsula volcanoes, whose sea-filled craters now form the harbours of Lyttelton and neighbouring Akaroa. You can catch the Christchurch Gondola up Mount Cavendish for magnificent views over the two harbours, or follow in the footsteps of the early Canterbury settlers and climb the Bridal Path up to the crater rim.

Lyttelton's Farmers Market on Saturday morning (every Saturday from 10am to 1pm, in the lower grounds of Lyttelton Main School) brings a loyal patronage. Fresh spices, organic beers and the finest of cheeses are all available.  Along the waterfront, the scenic harbour drive takes in Governor’s Bay, Charteris Bay, Diamond Harbour and Purau Bay, with gardens, a golf club and cafés to discover en route.

** Due to the earthquakes of 2010 & 2011, many walking and mountainbiking tracks have been closed or altered due to rockfall risks. Please check the CCC website BEFORE you head out on a walk to check the status of your route as many of these tracks are being changed on a weekly basis as work continues. **