Lyttelton
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london057
Dublin, OH695 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
First of all this a suburb of Christchurch . Second this is were the cruise ships 🚢 dock . Lastly, this town is very charming too .
Written 22 January 2024
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NamFahBluewaterworld
Surin, Thailand1,439 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
It was a great view and such a stunning view and a nice walk. Especially in the sunshine and blue sky it was a lovely day and great pictures.
Written 18 December 2023
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Trisha K
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Mostly an unwelcoming port town. There were a few signs around clearly stating that some businesses didn't want tourists in their town. We visited on our way back from lunch at Akaroa (gorgeous tourist bay town) to see the partially rebuilt Timeball Station. It was really interesting, even though a bit tricky to visit as there is no clearly marked parking. The views to and from the town are lovely, so maybe worth a quick stop for the Timeball Station, and coffee or food from a business (find one WITHOUT the signs.)
Written 30 August 2023
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NickyP54
Bargara, Australia1,362 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Thoroughly enjoyed our farmers market morning out in this unspoilt township. Well preserved heritage buildings, a great rural-cum-harbourside vibe, a range of quality produce on offer and a funky little craft brewery in the centre of town.
Written 23 August 2023
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Amanda M
Coventry, UK27 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Someone suggested we catch the bus from Christchurch to lyttelton. Thought we were coming to a nice bay to catch lunch and a nice view.
It's a port town and they make it clear they don't want tourists.
Went to in to local cafe but sign on door was clear they weren't happy about tourism, so we saved our money, got back on bus to have lunch in Christchurch
Written 8 August 2023
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moonlotus18
Hamilton, New Zealand1,752 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This place is quite accessible from Christchurch. We made a day trip to explore and have a stroll through town. We enjoyed chatting to locals at the local shops and finding out about the town’s history at the information centre. We took a short walk to see the Timeball as well. Would highly recommend.
Written 15 April 2023
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Brissy2
Hervey Bay, Australia7,550 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
A tiny and friendly township about 15minutes (13km) out of Christchurch via some tunnels and a scenic drive. Lyttelton is a small, very hilly and pretty township where the big cruise ships berth at the wharf.
Written 6 April 2023
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Kim A
Port Byron, IL140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
The views on the road from Christchurch to Lyttelton are amazing at every turn. We stopped at a local beach where some people were rowing in double canoes. I think they are called "waka" but don't quote me on that.
We stopped in town for a cup of coffee and enjoyed window shopping too. It's a great place to visit on your way to Sumner.
Written 27 February 2023
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travelbob1
New Windsor, NY1,136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We came to town with the goal to explore the many shops, learn about its history and have lunch. We accomplished all three PLUS met many nice, friendly and informative locals. From the store owners, librarian, to the members of the tourist shop and folks on the street we had a delightful time learning, sharing our stories and had a wonderful lunch. Visiting towns like Lyttleton is what makes travel a delight!
Written 19 February 2023
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Paul B
Brisbane Region, Australia89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
You can feel the history of Scott, Shackleton and other Antarctic explorers when walking the streets of this town. Recommend going on the Christchurch Gondola to get a birds-eye view of Lyttleton and its harbour before driving through the tunnel and arriving in Lyttleton itself. Looks fabulous when cruise ships are in, but also much busier than usual then. Lyttleton Timeball Station is well worth a visit but take care on the narrow, winding streets. Can drive back to Christchurch via Sumner, or if you have more time to explore, go via Governor's Bay to Motukarara from where you can head back to Christchurch or go on to see Little River and Akaroa.
Written 28 January 2023
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