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Lyttelton (Māori: Ōhinehou) is a port town on the north shore of Lyttelton Harbour, at the north-western end of Banks Peninsula and close to Christchurch, on the eastern coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Due to its establishment as a landing point for Christchurch-bound seafarers, Lyttelton has historically been regarded as the "Gateway to Canterbury" for colonial settlers. The port remains a regular destination for cruise liners and is the South Island's principal goods transport terminal, handling 34% of exports and 61% of imports by value. In 2009 Lyttelton was awarded Category I Historic Area status by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT) defined as "an area of special or outstanding historical or cultural heritage significance or value". According to the 2013 census, the usual resident population of Lyttelton, including neighbouring communities of Rapaki, Cass Bay and Corsair Bay, was 2,859.


Planning a vacation to Lyttelton in New Zealand? This vacation planner will provide you with all the essential information you need. This city is located in the close proximity of a major city Kaikoura, New Zealand. Kaikoura is bestowed with interesting set of attractions like Tranzalpine Ride, International Antarctic Centre, Canterbury Museum. Also, to reach Lyttelton, you'll have to take a flight to Kaikoura; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. Tour packages of Lyttelton are of 1 to 2 days duration.

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Facts and Stats for Lyttelton*

  • Pollution Statistics in Lyttelton

    Know the pollution level of Lyttelton before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 18.18 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 27.78 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 22.22 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 5.56 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 18.52 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 7 (Very Low)
  • Lyttelton: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Lyttelton for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Lyttelton.

    • Burglary and Theft 38.08 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 24.21 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 38.46 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 21.37 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 29.3 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 41.02 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 36.92 (Low)
    • Drug offense 42.31 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 79.69 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 46.92 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 36.54 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 19.53 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 51.92 (Moderate)
  • Living in Lyttelton - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Lyttelton is 199.75 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 62.86 (High)
    • Climate Index 88.09 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 19.54 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 21.53 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 68.85 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 78.49 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.9 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 110.34 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Lyttelton

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Lyttelton

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.25 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.98 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 42.89 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 97.27 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 71.78 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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