Lyttelton is a port town on the north shore of Lyttelton Harbour next to Banks Peninsula, 12 kilometres from Christchurch on the eastern coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

Lyttelton is fully of History as Christchurch's first European settlers landed there in 1850 before trekking over the Port Hills to establish their new home. Today Lyttelton is accessed by a remarkable road tunnel.

You are spoilt for choice when you visit Lyttelton as it is the base of many fun and educational cruises such as wildlife tours and Quail Island tours. Harbour cruises depart from Lyttelton every day and you might spot some Hector's dolphins and other wildlife.

The local museum is a must see and it has a maritime theme; it also has a brilliant Antarctic gallery. Another place of interest is the neo-Gothic Timeball Station, which was put up in 1876 to keep Greenwich Mean Time.

Lyttelton History

A home for Maori for about 700 years, Lyttelton, was discovered by European settlers on 16 February 1770 during the Endeavour's first voyage to New Zealand. The earliest evidence of a human presence in the area is moa bones dating from roughly 1250.

Main Towns in the Christchurch-Canterbury Region

Other Towns in the Christchurch-Canterbury Region