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Lyttelton, portal to Canterbury’s historic past, a vibrant sustainable community creating a living future


Volunteer for this Festival

Festivals in Lyttelton are part of the community building aspect of Project Lyttelton's work. The community is involved in every aspect of the festival from planning and preparation to being on the street for the street party and in some cases performing on stage.

The Lyttelton festivals rely on volunteers to run the events. If you have any time to spare and would like to be involved in this exciting community event, please contact

Sue Ellen Sandilands: Phone 328 9243 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Volunteer hours can also be logged through Project Lyttelton's Time Bank, which means you earn credits to 'spend' on all sort of services in the community from gardening to massage!  Click here for more information about Lyttelton's vibrant Time Bank.


Getting to Lyttelton

Avoid the hassle of parking and relax on a Metro Bus. These run frequently from Christchurch. You can take the number 28 or number 535 from Eastgate

Alternatively you can walk, bike, take the ferry from Diamond Harbour, or car share if you have to drive. Consider arriving early and spending the day in Lyttelton - there will be plenty to keep you entertained. 

Bus timetables and information on fares are on the metro info site.

Love Lyttelton

Like us on facebook and instagram for up to date news from Lyttelton and the harbour.

Most of our projects have their own facebook page. Search for the name of the project to like and follow it.

SummerFest facebook page

Like and follow to get more frequent updates on the Lyttelton SummerFest.

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Matariki Celebrations

Matariki is the Māori name for a cluster of stars which is visible in the New Zealand night sky at a specific time of the year. Matariki re-appears in the dawn sky mid-winter signalling the start of the Māori New Year and the date changes each year according to the Māori lunar calendar.

Whakaraupo Carving Centre tutor Caine Tauwhare from local hapu Ngāti Wheke talks about the significance and traditions of Matariki here