The allure of Lyttelton

A hotbed for artistic inspiration, and lush scenery, Lyttelton is a Canterbury gem.

Lyttelton is a picturesque town located on the side of an extinct volcano in the Banks Peninsula. With the upcoming ITM New Zealand SailGP event taking place in Lyttelton on 18-19 March, the town is gearing up for an influx of tourists.

Unsurprisingly, as one of the most popular activities in Lyttelton is taking a walk along the town’s waterfront, which offers beautiful views of the harbour where you can also see the various ships and boats that call the port home.

For foodies, Lyttelton offers a wide variety of dining options. From traditional fish and chips to gourmet coffee and artisanal cheeses, there’s something for everyone. Additionally, the Saturday market is a must-visit for anyone looking for delicious food and special gifts.

Lyttelton is also known for its creative community. The town is home to many of Christchurch’s poets, writers, and music stars such as Nadia Reid, Aldous Harding, and Marlon Williams. Visitors can also explore the town’s galleries and studios or attend one of the many annual festivals and events that take place in the town.
The town’s historic architecture adds charm and character with many 19th century buildings well-preserved. notable buildings include the Timeball Station, Court House, and the Lyttelton Museum.

Visitors can learn about the town’s past as a port and the role it played in the region’s development at the museum. The museum also has exhibits on the town’s Māori history, as well as information on the local flora and fauna.

With all this and more, it is no wonder that Lyttelton is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.

Did you know?

Lyttelton was close to the epicenter of the devastating earthquake on 22 February 2011, but it’s now bouncing back and moving forward.

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