Lyttelton Tourism

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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 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 21.59 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 22.73 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 3.41 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 20.45 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 10 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 7.5 (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 39.66 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 26.79 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 40.95 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 22.73 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 32.02 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 43.42 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 39.66 (Low)
    • Drug offense 43.1 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 77.19 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 43.97 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 37.93 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 21.05 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 54.31 (Moderate)
  • Living in Lyttelton - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Lyttelton is 190.57 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 61.04 (High)
    • Climate Index 88.09 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 19.33 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 24.31 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 78.51 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 75.33 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.71 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 100.37 (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 0.27 USD
    • International Movie per seat 8.68 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 38.11 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 110.19 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 70.12 USD

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

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