Where is Lyttelton?
Lyttelton is a 20-minute drive from Christchurch and is the oldest settlement on Banks Peninsula. The historic town has many hidden gems to discover: Timeball Station, Grubbs Cottage or the Lyttelton Gaol, explore more.
The town overlooks the Port and is a great place to start exploring the surroundings. There is a ferry service across the harbour to Diamond Harbour, a seaside village. Over summer a boat tour service operates to Quail Island, a former Quarantine Station with Antarctic links which today is a restoration project reintroducing forest and birds.
Numerous walks in and around Lyttelton will lead you to the hidden bays further along the coast or up the Port Hills. From the top you have a breath-taking view over Christchurch, Lyttelton Harbour and the Southern Alps.
Where can I get local information from?
Lyttelton has a community based Information Centre which opens daily (Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm and Sunday 11am – 3pm).
Can I walk on and off the ship?
Yes, from the Lyttelton inner harbour berths you can walk on and off the ship. Just remember to take photo ID with you (such as your ship photo ID, passport or driver’s licence) so you can get past port security on your return.
Lyttelton’s facilities are all in walking distance (bakery, supermarket, pharmacy/post office, ATMs, cafe/bars and restaurants, shops, public bus stop).
When the new cruise berth opens in spring 2020 access from and back to the wharf will be vehicle only.
Health and safety?
Like visiting any country it is advisable to be sensible with your belongings – don’t leave valuables on display or unattended, and always lock your vehicle. The Lyttelton Police Station is located at 5 Sumner Road. In the event of a serious emergency call 111.
For medical attention contact the Lyttelton Health Centre - open Monday to Friday (hours vary daily).
All main hospitals are in Christchurch.
Do I need to tip?
No. Tipping is not expected or required anywhere in New Zealand. All prices already include the 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST).
There is no luggage storage in Lyttelton. Contact the Lyttelton Information Centre for more information.