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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$78.62 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!

$136.04 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Christchurch 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.

$119.64 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.

$85.45 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Personal Close-Up Tour of Christchurch

Let us collect you from your accommodation. Learn about the horror and devastation of largest insured event ever to occur in the world. In just a few minutes $50 BILLION dollars worth of damage ravaged Christchurch, the Garden City. At 12:51 Tuesday 22 February 2011, 185 people died in central Christchurch including 115 men, woman and young folk killed in the collapse of one building. Lives were altered forever. This quick look at our city will take you there but just as important, your guide will share with you the extraordinary future of this city in rebuild...up close and personal. Large modern air conditioned vehicle capable of easily carrying collapsible wheelchairs, walkers or strollers. Informative local 'Kiwi' guide who was there through it all.  Many photo stops. We stop when you want!  See the devastated Anglican Cathedral.  Cardboard Transitional Cathedral.  CTV Memorial - where 115 people tragically died.  9/11 Firefighters Memorial - the only one of its kind in New Zealand made from salvaged material from the World Trades Centre.  Historic Christ's College.  Arts Centre.  Earthquake Memorial.  See the new city emerging from the rubble - the new Convention Centre, the $1M Margaret Mahey Family Playground, new hotels and retail precincts.  Amazing street art.  Drive into the Cashmere Hills overlooking Christchurch.  Historic 'Sign of the Takahe' restaurant and function centre..  Stop at the 'Sign of the Kiwi', maybe enjoy a cuppa and wonder at the panoramic views of the City and Southern Alps.  See the beautiful port town of Lyttelton.  Historic Time Ball Station. Travel through the longest road tunnel in New Zealand.  Visit the beautiful seaside suburbs of Redcliffs, Mt Pleasant and Sumner.  Enjoy a complimentary 'Hokey Pokey' ice cream as we return to the city over the hills.  Return to your accommodation or optionally, we strongly recommend a visit the Canterbury Museum "Quake City Exhibition" (allow another 1-2 hours)

$270.04 Cultural & Theme Tours

Akaroa and Banks Peninsula Private Day Tour from Christchurch

Let us meet you at the airport or at your accommodation. (Domestic flights - no surcharge. International flights - a surcharge applies)Situated 83 km from Christchurch you will drive through some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand.As we drive to Akaroa we will pass by farmland, Little River, Birdlings Flat and onto the Hill Top Tavern Lookout.We will likely take the Summit Road option either going to or returning from Akaroa depending on weather conditions. Amazing!!Learn about the checkered history of the area - the Maori land wars, how the French missed out on the race to colonise the area ahead of the British. They were less than happy!!Visit The Bays and the Peninsula that Captain James Cook got so 'messed up" over.Visit The Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum - a must see. (Gold Coin or better donation on entry - extra)You're on holiday so, try the home-made fudge.Maybe sample some of the local cheeses at Barry’s Bay.Wander the waterfront, french streets and boulevards which are Akaroa.Swim with the dolphins - a memory of a lifetime (optional extra)Two hour nature and wildlife cruise on-board the 'Black Cat' included.If time permits maybe a visit to The Giants House - known all over the world.As we meander around the bays if time permits we'll take a look at Lyttelton Harbour and return to Christchurch through the longest road tunnel in New Zealand.

$156.55 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Akaroa Day Tour including Harbour Cruise and Alpaca Farm Tour

Encounter Akaroa, a French-inspired coastal town located on the Banks Peninsula, on a private day tour from Christchurch. After pick-up from your hotel, set off for the 90-minute scenic drive to Akaroa. On arrival, discover magnificent harbor views, glistening waters, historic buildings, and fine food. Grab your camera for amazing pictures at Hilltop Tavern for captivating harbor views over the glistening waters of Akaroa. Feast your taste buds on delicious artisan cheese at Barry’s Bay Cheese Factory, where they have produced hand-crafted cheese since 1895. Enjoy complimentary samples and glimpse the cheese-making process from the large viewing window. Explore Akaroa town on foot, discover boutique shops, and enjoy lunch (own expense) at one of the many waterfront cafes. Climb onboard a spectacular 2-hour harbour nature cruise in Akaroa Harbor. Enjoy the fascinating history and rich variety of marine life exclusive to New Zealand's waters. View the giant volcanic cliffs, sea caves and a breathtaking volcanic amphitheatre. Spot the unique Hector’s dolphin (the world's smallest and rarest dolphin), white-flippered penguins, yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals, and more. Upgrade to include a unique farm tour at Shamarra Alpaca Farm. Get up close and personal with over 130 grazing Alpacas while enjoying breathtaking views of Akaroa Harbor. Gain a brief insight into Alpacas' history, wander through herds of these majestic beauties, and browse through a selection of luxurious knitwear. Enjoy the scenic return journey along Summit Road (time and weather permitting) with fascinating views, before drop off back to your pick-up location in Christchurch.