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Lyttleton (Christchurch), New Zealand

Christchurch Cathedral (before earthquake)


Lyttleton is the port to access the city of Christchurch 12km to the north. The 2011 earthquake caused major damage to the wharf at Lyttleton and the city center of Christchurch and collapsed the city's iconic church. Cruise ships currently divert to Akaroa but should return in the future as the city rebuilds.

Update - A new cruise terminal is planned with projected completion in 2019. https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/92074027/new-cruise-56m-cruise-ship-berth-for-the-port-of-lyttelton


As of Oct 1 2019, travellers from most countries will need to apply for a NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) linked to your passport. It is valid for multiple entries and two years. https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas

Where You're Docked

Cruise ships dock at the commercial port just east of Lyttleton. Free shuttles are usually provided out of the port into Lyttleton. Shuttles are usually offered to Christchurch though it is easy to take a public bus from Lyttleton.

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Money and Tipping

New Zealand's currency is the dollar (NZD). Like Australia, prices displayed are inclusive of all taxes. Tipping is not necessary.

Local Transportation

To take the public bus from Lyttleton, walk down to Norwich Quay Rd and take bus 28 westbound to Christchurch. Fare is $3.20 for a single trip (Dec 2011). http://www.metroinfo.org.nz


Search hotels in Christchurch here


Due to the 2011 Earthquake the CBD is currently under reconstruction.

  • Cathedral Square - The center of the city with the cathedral.
  • Botanical Garden and Museum - couple of blocks directly west of Cathedral Square
  • Christchurch Gondola - close to Lyttleton and usually very windy. There is a short time travel tunnel ride inside. It is possible to hike up from Lyttleton. Hiking info here http://www.christchurchnz.com/walk-canterbury/christchurch/port-hills-walks/

Shopping & Restaurants

Shopping and restaurants can be found in the city center. There is a pedestrian mall along Cashel Street a block south of Cathedral Square. The city's main street is Colombo. There is a New World supermarket in South City Shopping Centre on Colombo and Bath St.

Try Joyful Restaurant, 590 Colombo for authentic Chinese food.


Cafes and restaurants may provide free wifi to customers.



Christchurch and area pdf map here http://www.ccc.govt.nz/parks-and-gardens/explore-parks/port-hills/


Christchurch Weather Forecast


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