Sometimes forgotten or overlooked by visitors to Christchurch, our working port of Lyttelton is also a place with lots of interesting history - and post quake, lots of new places to visit, cafes and bars to enjoy, plus much more.
To get there, head towards Sumner beach down Linwood Avenue and instead of continuing to Ferrymead at the big roundabout, take the next exit - then you are on your way to the Lyttelton road tunnel, which is the main route now that the road from Sumner is closed. The tunnel used to require a toll, but these days is toll free - so just head on through and remember to turn your lights off when you come out the other end (unless of course it's night time!).
Lyttelton has a vibrant community who pull together annually for the midwinter Festival of Lights, and support the Saturday morning food market held along London Street, from 10am - 1pm each week. Most of the produce and other goodies on sale are either produced right in Lyttelton, or within 20km, so it definitely ticks the "local food" box.
Other things to look out for/places to go include:
1) Lyttelton Arts Factory, Corner Oxford St and Sumner Road
The new home of local theatre company The Loons, the Lyttelton Arts Factory (LAF) is the location for events and shows throughout the year, including two being held during the Summer Fest 2017.
They have a Facebook page so you can check out upcoming shows, which range from the sublime to the ridiculous and never fail to be entertaining.
2) Wunderbar, London Street, Lyttelton
Wacky, eclectic and never ever boring, Wunderbar is a Lyttelton institution that was welcomed back with open arms following post quake repair. The decor features doll heads, a glittering disco ball, red velvet drapes and random antiques. The staff have just as much personality as their workplace, and Wunderbar attracts an entertaining range of live music and performers.
Open seven days a week, Mon - Fri 5 pm - late, and Sat/Sun 1pm - late. You can find their schedule of events/performers on their Facebook page.
To find them, head to London Street, park in the Supervalue carpark. Follow the ramp leading up to the supermarket, walk up the red and black steps..
3) Heisenburger Food Truck, pop up @16 London Street
Heisenburger have become legends in their own lunchtime thanks to their spectacular burgers featuring free range chook and organic beef.
The team are Lyttelton locals and you can find them at popping up outside Civil and Naval in London St periodically, especially for their famous movie nights.
Check out their Facebook page for pics of those burgers and to find out where they are going to pop up next!
4) Diamond Harbour Ferry, Lyttelton Wharf
If you want an expedition across to picturesque Diamond Harbour, your departure point is from Lyttelton Harbour. Check out the Diamond Harbour site for ferry times, which are at regular intervals throughout the day.
The price is $6.20 one way for adults and $3.10 for children. You can pick up a connecting bus from the city, or drive yourself to Lyttelton via the tunnel and park. There are plenty of walks, picnic spots and historic places to visit so its worth making a day of it.
5) Roots Restaurant,
Given Cuisine's Restaurant of the Year in 2015 and three hats in New Zealand in the Cuisine 2016 Good Food Awards, this is small but perfectly formed place to dine on a unique degustation menu of locally grown and foraged produce. This is not the place to head when you just want a huge hearty meal, but definitely the place when you want to sample gourmet flavours and a fresh and different menu.