Lyttelton Timeball lit up at night overlooking the Lyttelton Harbour

Getting Here


2 Reserve Terrace
Christchurch 8082


+64 3 363 1880

Lyttelton Timeball is located 1.2kms from the centre of Lyttelton and 14.3kms from the centre of Christchurch.

By public transport


The 28 bus leaves regularly from central Christchurch. Get off at Oxford Street near Winchester Street and Lyttelton Timeball is a 10-minute walk (650m up hill).


The terrain in and around extremely steep, which means cycling is not for the faint of heart. Check Google Maps before leaving your location to see if it suits your abilities.

By road

From central Christchurch, take State Highway 74 to Lyttelton. Take Sumner Road to Reserve Terrace, then sharp left onto Reserve Terrace; Lyttelton Timeball is on your right.


There is free on-street parking on Reserve Terrace or in Lyttelton township in itself. Please observe private parking signage at the neighbouring properties.

There is no onsite parking.

Hours and Entry

Opening Hours

Open every day of the year

The tower itself is closed



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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.

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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.