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Free Lyttelton Harbour Cruise

30 April 2010

Media Advisory
Free Lyttelton Harbour Cruise

Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) is giving Christchurch people the chance for an inside look at its operations with one of its popular free harbour cruises on the historic tug “Lyttelton’.

The cruise will offer guests the exclusive opportunity to tour the port and get a feel for how the South Island’s port of choice operates, and the vital role it plays in driving Canterbury’s trade-based economy.

The cruise begins at the ferry terminal and heads towards the western end of the inner harbour passing operational wharves along the way. The cruise then passes the inner harbour moorings, the dry dock and oil berth. Finally the vessel goes into the channel and down the harbour towards the heads, coming back in past the coal stockpile and Cashin Quay.

An LPC employee will provide an interesting commentary, and explain how LPC manages to move around nine million tonnes of cargo and more than two million tonnes of coal through the port each year. Guests will also get excellent views of Banks Peninsula’s Quail Island and Lyttelton’s Time Ball.

The historic tug ‘Lyttelton’ was built in Scotland in 1907. The machinery has been altered very little throughout the ship's long period of service at Lyttelton.

On board collections will also be taken with all proceeds going to the Cholmondeley Children’s Home.

The next free cruise is on 9 May and seats are filling up fast so phone 03 328 8198 to book your spot.

Cruises depart at 11:00am and guests are advised to be at the No 2 wharf by 10:45am.

From the winter months (June to September) cruises will be on the Black Cat

Dates for free LPC Harbour Cruise
May 9th
June 13th
July 18th
August 15th
September 12th


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