Ports

Lyttelton - New Zealand

The historic port of Lyttelton lies below the rugged rim of a volcanic crater that was flooded 10 million years ago to form a natural harbour. Once a busy migration port it is now a cargo port for the region and the city of Christchurch, only 12km (7 miles) away. Cruise ships usually dock at the Cashin Quay Container Terminal and shuttle buses can take you into Christchurch in 20/25 minutes by taking the road tunnel through the Port Hills. The pier is just a short walk from Lyttelton town centre which does offer some attractions of its own including the Timeball Station although the Museum, Signal Box and Vintage Steam Tug are also worth a visit. Sealers and whalers used the harbour late in the 18th century and it was known as Port Cooper in the 1830s and Port Victoria in 1849. The town was renamed nine years later in honour of Lord George Lyttelton. The following 12 cruises call at Lyttelton. Discover more by clicking the cruise name or ship or click the Enquire button if you want to check availability and pricing.