Not strictly a suburb of Christchurch, Lyttelton is actually a port town on the north shore of Lyttelton Harbour, Banks Peninsula. Lyttelton is the main port for Canterbury and is connected to the city of Christchurch by the Lyttelton Road tunnel, which goes through the Port Hills from the head of the Heathcote Valley.
Lyttelton is known for its colourful mix of local residents, from port workers through to alternative lifestylers,artists and small business operators. One of the weekly highlights in the town is the Saturday morning farmer’s market, which draws locals and Christchurch residents for a range of fresh foods, locally grown produce and bric a brac.
Location: East Coast via Lyttelton Tunnel
Distance from Cathedral Square (straight line): 12km
Buses: Routes 35 (Riccarton/Heathcote) and 28 (Lyttelton/Rapaki)
Landscape: Mostly hill, rising quite steeply above the port
Amenities: Lyttelton Harbour for boating and fishing, the bays of Banks Peninsula, Tauhinu-Korokio Scenic Reserve, Castle Rock Reserve, Mt Pleasant Reserve, Summit Road and Rapaki for cycling, Living Springs Camp & Conference Centre. Please be aware many tracks and reserves remain closed due to rock fall hazards caused by recent earthquakes, these include sections of the Summit Road. Click here to check all tracks.
Schools & Institutions: Lyttelton Main School, Diamond Harbour School, Governor’s Bay school, St Joseph’s School, Lyttelton West School
Cafes and Restaurants: Freemans Dining Room, She Cafe (Governors Bay), Fisherman's Wharf and Samo Coffee Lounge. Due to earthquake damage many cafes and restaurants had to be demolished. Hopefully some of these will rebuild in the future.
Housing type: Many historic cottages and villas, mixed with newer homes built mostly on the hillside
Neighbouring suburbs: Cass Bay, Governors Bay, Diamond Harbour, Church Bay, Ferrymead, Sumner, Redcliffs, Mt Pleasant, Huntsbury