A tower of knowledge awaits you at Canterbury port’s iconic location. Enjoy an amazing view across to Diamond Harbour. Help keep the communication alive when the ships arrive. A timeball awaits.
Lyttelton Timeball is located at the top of a steep hill. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access to timeball and is difficult to access for visitors with limited mobility.
Food and Drink
Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic with them to enjoy in our grounds. Please remember to take all food and waste with you. There are also a great selection of local cafés and eateries located in Lyttleton.
This is a smoke and vape free site.
Children and whānau
Children will be fascinated by the timeball dropping at 1pm. Can you find Skippy the wee dog who used to bark at the timeball each day? Or maybe watch the container ships being loaded and unloaded.
Lyttelton Timeball is located at the top of a steep hill with spectacular views over Lyttelton and Whakaraupō Lyttelton Harbour. Small children may find the climb difficult.
There are no toilets located at Lyttelton Timeball. Public toilets are located at The Lyttelton Harbour Information Centre, on Oxford Street.
The Lyttelton Timeball site has exposed remnants of the previous timeball station destroyed in the Canterbury earthquakes. Watch out for uneven surfaces and take care.