Lyttelton has a rich Antarctic history with Scott and Shackleton (see photo) departing the Port on three separate voyages during the heroic era of Antarctic exploration. There are several Antarctic points of interest within the town and wharf area. The 3.5 km guided walk starts at Albion Square, highlights the site of the new Lyttelton Museum, then down to the No 2 wharf and takes in Tug Lyttelton, contemporary Antarctic shipping and the iconic Dry Dock.
The Canterbury Branch of the NZ Antarctic Society, Youthtown and Lyttelton Museum are collaborating to give you a walk that aims to connect participants of all ages to our city’s Antarctic heritage! So, come along and discover what makes Christchurch an Antarctic Gateway City from both the old voices and the new.
See Pop-up exhibition, ‘LocalEyes on Antarctica’ curated by Dr Margaret Bradshaw at the Lyttelton Museum London Street Cabin, and online on their website.
Please NOTE, after the walk, the CCC Heritage Team are holding a Heritage hui at the Lyttelton Community Boardroom, 25 Canterbury Street, from 3:30 to 5:30pm. (Sat 17 Oct) The Heritage hui seeks background and stories around Naval Point in Lyttelton including:
The early Māori and Pākehā history of the site. The development of Tāpoa/Magazine Bay
Construction of the breakwater and dry dock. Land reclamation for the site and the establishment of the tank farm