Lyttelton - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
This panorama shows London Street (the high street) of Lyttelton, taken a short distance from the Lyttleton Tourist Information Visitor Centre. The town is built on steep hills at the beginning of the Banks Peninsula and overlooks Lyttelton Harbour.
Lyttelton - FURTHER INFORMATION
Lyttelton - Banks Peninsula visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Lyttelton' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Canterbury.
Lyttelton is an historic is a port town on the north shore of Lyttelton Harbour next to Banks Peninsula in Canterbury region of New Zealand. It is the principle deep water harbour of South Island of New Zealand, and has long played a vital role in the development of the island. It is about 12km from the centre of Christchurch, connected to the city by a 1.9km long tunnel that passes under Port Hills.
Lyttelton harbour is an inlet on the north-western side of Banks Peninsula. It is 18km inland from the southern end of Pegasus Bay and surrounded by steep hills, the remains of an extinct volcano, which can rise to 500m. The large harbour provides natural protection from the surrounding ocean, though the weather conditions locally can change very quickly.
A number of attractive, smaller settlements are dotted along the shore of the harbour, which are popular tourist attractions. These include Governors Bay and Diamond Harbour. Within the upper harbour south west of Lyttelton is a small island known as Quail Island, or Otamahua by the Ngāi Tahu Māori, which means ' place where children collected sea birds' eggs'.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
From Christchurch, take the 73 and then the 74 south along Tunnel Road. At the southern end of the tunnel turn left into Lyttelton onto Norwich Quay. London Street runs parallel to Norwich Quay one road up the hill.