Welcome to Lyttelton


Lyttelton was badly damaged during the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, and many of the town's heritage buildings along London St were subsequently demolished. Today, however, Lyttelton has re-emerged as one of Christchurch's most interesting communities. The town's arty, independent and bohemian vibe is stronger than ever, and it is once again a hub for great bars, cafes and shops. It's well worth catching the bus from Christchurch and getting immersed in the local scene, especially on a sunny Saturday morning when the farmers market's buzzing.


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$79.29 Shore Excursions

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Christchurch Highlights City Tour

Once known at ‘the most English city outside of England’, Christchurch is now a city on the move…sometimes quite literally! This small group tour will showcase the best highlights of this unique city from the comfort of your modern, air conditioned vehicle.Join our bona-fide local guide for a day exploring Christchurch and Banks Peninsula – and see how New Zealand’s 2nd largest city is rebounding after the devastating earthquakes of 2010/11. This is an intriguing tour you won't want to miss.Highlights include: • Explore the city centre – where the majority of the Canterbury rebuild is taking place. See new buildings spring up, as well as the fascinating renovations on some of the city’s heritage buildings. You will have approximately 2 hours to enjoy the interesting sights at your leisure. • Upgrade (all at extra cost) and ride the Christchurch Tram, go for a punt on the river, or take a Botanic Gardens tour. • Photograph the remains of the city’s 2 destroyed cathedrals, and see the temporary cardboard cathedral put up in their place. • Admire the panoramic and breathtaking views of Christchurch and Canterbury from atop the Port Hills. • Take in the amazing vistas of Banks Peninsula – including the 2 harbours of Lyttelton and Akaroa. Travel along the summit road for extra special views of Akaroa Harbour. • Enjoy the scenery of Lakes Forsyth and Ellesmere, as well as the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps on the 90 minute drive to the city. • Stop at the Hilltop Tavern and Barry's Bay Cheese Factory (time permitting). About us:Our team has been delivering world-class Shore Excursions for over 16 years. It all started with owner Ian - one man and a beloved Rolls Royce car. Today, the number of vehicles and tours has changed, but the philosophy hasn’t – every customer is treated like one of the family, and we will make sure you have an unforgettable day. We have over 100 years combined tour guiding experience so you know you are in capable hands (and if you’re lucky you may even get to travel with Ian – he still loves to get behind the wheel!).Travel in a modern, air conditioned vehicle with a passionate local as your host. We specialise in small groups to allow an intimate and personalised experience. Every tour is guided and commentated from start to finish - our guides delight in showing off our little corner of the world. And, we guarantee to have you back to the ship on time!

$157.89 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Christchurch Scenic Helicopter Tour

Taking off from Christchurch Airport, see a bird’s-eye view of Christchurch’s road to recovery following the devastating 2010 earthquake.Your route takes you over the Christchurch city center, with its vacant city blocks and building sites dotted with working cranes. See how hundreds of ruined buildings are being pulled down and rebuilt, changing the Christchurch skyline, and listen to your pilot’s explanatory commentary.Fly over the poignant ruins of Christchurch Cathedral, and see the vision for the future at sites such as the new sports stadium.See incredible holes left by landslides as you fly toward the coast, soaring over the port of Lyttelton and spectacular scenery of the Banks Peninsula.Your route back to Christchurch takes you over the affluent suburbs of Sumner and Redcliffs, revealing the earthquake destruction experienced by locals living on the outskirts of Christchurch.

$48.26 Shore Excursions

Lyttelton Shore Excursion - Christchurch City Sights

Experience the grand architecture, beautiful gardens and scenic view points on a half-day city tour of Christchurch.Wander the Monavale Gardens with pretty ponds and water features, drive through the city center - once a place of historic buildings and architecture - now heavily destroyed and badly damaged by the 2011 Earthquake. See for yourself the both destruction of the central city and the rebuild that is taking place.You will visit both botanical gardens in the central city and the seaside suburb of Sumner. Travel to the Sign of the Takahe to admire the spectacular views over the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps.Should you be on the morning tour we can drop you outside the Museum / Botanical Gardens in central Christchurch at the end of the tour and at your leisure you can catch the return shuttle to your cruise ship in Lyttelton HarbourHighlightsCentral Christchurch including the badly earthquake damaged city centre with full commentary on the impact of the earthquakes and the rebuild that is in progress • Christchurch Botanical Gardens, • Mona Vale House and Gardens • Sign of the Takahe with magnificent view over the entire city from the coastline to the mountains • Port Hills and Lyttelton Harbour • Sumner Beach and township • Stops for photo opportunities at all the key destinationsThis sightseeing option of Christchurch is designed for cruise ship passengers.Departs Lyttelton at 8.45am and 12.30pm returning to Lyttelton at 1.15pm or by 4.30pm, this will ensure you arrive at the cruise ship before departure.

$241.28 Shore Excursions

Lyttelton Shore Excursion: TranzAlpine and Arthurs Pass Tour

We will collect you from your cruise ship berthed in the port of Lyttelton and from Christchurch travel by road to Springfield at the foothills of the Southern Alps.At Springfield, board the world famous TranzAlpine train: a train journey which is rated as one of the top ten train journeys in the world. Travel through the Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass viewing spectacular alpine scenery through panoramic windows.In Arthurs Pass we meet the train and then tour by road over the snow-capped Southern Alps in the Arthurs Pass National Park and on to the Otira Gorge making photo stops on route. Visit the old village of Otira before returning to Arthurs Pass for lunch.Following lunch there will be time to explore the village prior to departing Arthurs Pass and returning to Christchurch by road travelling again through the majestic Southern Alps and Alpine Passes, with river valleys, lakes and towering peaks as a backdrop. On route you will stop for an exhilarating jet boat ride through the spectacular gorges of the Waimakariri River, travelling up river to areas inaccessible by road.Following the jet boating, a visit will be made to a high-country farm for afternoon tea, followed by a sheep shearing and sheep dog mustering demonstration. From there you will continue to Christchurch and be returned to your cruise ship in Lyttelton.

$93.07 Shore Excursions

Lyttelton Shore Excursion - Waipara Wine Tour With Lunch

This tour explores four of North Canterbury’s boutique vineyards. From the port at Lyttelton, we drive 45 minutes north of the city of Christchurch to the Waipara Valley in the North Canterbury countryside. Well known for its dry climate and rich alluvial soils, this valley is ideal for superior wine production. Over 40 vineyards and wineries pepper the landscape of the valley with Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominating local plantings. The first stop is at Waipara Springs Winery where both a tasting of their wines and lunch has been arranged for your enjoyment. You will also stop for tastings at Pegasus Bay, Waipara Hills and Greystone Winery. This tour is designed for cruise ship passengers. Departs Lyttelton at 11.30am and returns to Lyttelton by 5.30pm, this will ensure you arrive at the cruise ship before departure. Departure and return times can be adjusted according to your cruise ships arrival and departure times at Lyttelton Port. Please advise your Ship's name, docking time, disembarkation time and departure time when booking so that the appropriate arrangements can be made. (Should any of the above named wineries be unavailable on the day, an alternative winery in the Waipara area will be included).

$120.66 Walking & Biking Tours

1-Day Guided Walking Tour and Picnic on Banks Peninsula

You will be picked up from you inner city accommodation by your personal guide in a 12 seater van.  On the 30 minute drive to Sumner/Lyttelton where your walk will commence, you will be entertained with the history of Christchurch, including personal experiences from your local guide.  Hot drinks are provided at a local café, then you will commence your walk, during which there will be plenty of fantastic photo opportunities, and a chance to hear all about the area and its history.  Visit the Crater Rim surrounding the caldera of the ancient volcano. Take in amazing views of the rugged Pacific coastline stretching across Pegasus Bay to the often snow covered Southern Alps, Lyttelton harbour and wide expanses of the Pacific Ocean.  Picnic lunch is provided at a picturesque location along the way. Total walking time is approximately 3-4 hours with a 30 minute stop for lunch, then you will be returned to your inner city accommodation. Half day option also available.