Over the rolling Port Hills in Christchurch you’ll find the eccentric suburb of Lyttelton, a place where cosy houses teeter on steep streets and the weekend farmers market brings the main street alive with the colourful characters who call this side of town home.
Lyttelton was historically known as the ‘gateway to Canterbury’ for colonial settlers who happened across this ideal place for the now bustling port back in the 1700s. A love for music, food and culture, the port suburb lays claim to some of the country’s current music stars - Aldous Harding, Nadia Reid and Marlon Williams to name but a few. A love of community, local produce and doing things their own way, any Lyttelton dweller will be quick to tell you this is one of Christchurch’s best kept secrets.
01 Henry Trading
33 London Street, Lyttelton
A must-visit spot brimming with good things made by good people.
02 Harbour Co-Op
12 London Street, Lyttelton
No longer the domain of hippies and survivalists; organic, free-range, bulk and sustainable foods are now the norm.
5 Norwich Quay, Lyttelton
Lyttelton’s Asian-fusion eatery, SUPER, is nothing short of what the name suggests.
04 Ōtoromiro Hotel
52 Main Road, Governors Bay
Founded in 1870, the hotel still stands in all it’s colonial beauty, featuring seven fully-renovated guest rooms some with sea views and balcony access.
05 Lyttelton Coffee Company
29 London Street, Lyttelton
A quirky place humming with activity, this place is home to a coffee roastery and a cafe big on sustainability, community and authentic fare.
06 Civil and Naval
16 London Street, Lyttelton
One visit to this charming Lyttelton spot is never enough.
07 Sherpa Kai x The Commoners
10 Oxford Street, Lyttelton
This unique hospitality outfit offers frequent live music and Nepalese-inspired food - think delicious dumplings, craft beer, cocktails and a late night license to wash it all down.