Posts Tagged ‘Lyttelton’

This morning we visited the Lyttelton Farmers’ Market.  This is a great place to go on a Saturday morning with dozens of stalls selling plants, baked goods, delicatessen items, crafts, clothes, and more.  There’s entertainment too.

Lyttelton Farmers’ Market

Lots of friendly dogs were at the market

Mist on the hills surrounding Lyttelton

I persuaded Stephen to go by bus, and our ride included a close-up view of the gondola terminus which I haven’t seen before – I’ve boycotted it because I don’t think it should have been allowed to be built on the Port Hills.

The weather in Lyttelton was overcast, but back home the sun was shining. For lunch we enjoyed the focaccia we’d bought from Vic’s Bakery’s stall – rosemary with sea salt, and very addictive.

“Lyttelton’s the place to go
to see so many goods on show.”




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We stopped at Lyttelton’s quirky Shroom Room.   We just wanted hot drinks, but the food looked enticing (all vegetarian).  They did serve hot chocolate in a glass – not my choice, but there were chocolate buttons on the side to compensate.  There are several indoor rooms, plus outdoor tables in the adjacent Albion Square.



Lord Lyttelton first visited the port that had been named after him on 5 February 1868.

“The food looked tasty to consume
at the character-full Shroom Room.”





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Coastline to Cass

The track from Lyttelton to Cass Bay is a short walk, about 2km, with impressive harbour views.  The track starts just above the Naval Point Yacht Club.  We’d thought we might swim at Corsair Bay but the day was not sufficiently warm.  There was even some light rain, but we were well sheltered by trees along the path.

Lyttelton marina

Lyttelton Marina


Cove between Corsair and Cass Bays

Cove between Corsair and Cass Bays


Harbour from above Cass Bay

Harbour from above Cass Bay

Cass Bay was named after Captain Thomas Cass who was the Canterbury province’s chief land surveyor from 1851 to 1867.

You can return along the road to Lyttelton, but we preferred to retrace our steps on the coastal path.

“It is an easy walk for most
this tree-lined path along the coast.


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These eyes faced us as we entered St David Street in Lyttelton.

Lyttelton eyes

Lyttelton eyes

They make a striking feature.  I wonder who drew them?

“As we drove down Stevenson’s Steep
we saw these eyes that never sleep.”

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