Christchurch's hip port town
This port town on the northwestern side of Banks Peninsula is where the first English settlers turned up in 1850 as the ‘Canterbury Pilgrims’. It was a long trek over the Port Hills to what is now Christchurch.
A railway tunnel was put through in 1867, and nearly a century later, the 2km Lyttleton road tunnel opened in 1964, bring the port much closer to the city.
Although it was badly damaged in the earthquakes and many of its heritage buildings subsequently demolished, Lyttleton has emerged with an arty, alternative vibe.
There’s a vibrant cafe, bar and shopping scene, plus a popular Saturday morning Farmers Market. Don’t miss the Lyttelton Coffee Co, a popular spot on London St.
Lyttleton is 15km from the CBD via the tunnel. You can also take a bus from the city.