The Lyttelton Master Plan is the result of a close partnership between the Council, Banks Peninsula (formerly Lyttelton-Mt Herbert) Community Board, other organisations and the highly motivated and socially connected local community.

An artist's impression of the redeveloped Albion Square.

An artist's impression of the redeveloped Albion Square.

Lyttelton fulfils an important service centre role for the other communities around Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour. 

Lyttelton’s land-based transport links, commercial centre, community facilities, heritage buildings and character were severely affected by the 22 February 2011 earthquake and warranted the preparation of a master plan to guide its recovery and rebuild. 

The process used to develop the Lyttelton Master Plan

Date Actions
April-May 2011
Project set up 
Earthquake impacts assessed, scope confirmed and key stakeholders identified.
May-June 2011
Research, information gathering 
Focus group sessions with key stakeholders and residents held. Key issues and opportunities identified.
June-August 2011
Design & feasibility testing
Technical expert workshops held. Best ways to address issues and suggestions from the community identified via a community feedback presentation.
September-October 2011
Prepare draft master plan 
Master plan drafted. Endorsed by Community Board. Approved by Council for public notification.
November-December 2011
Public consultation held and 197 submissions received.
January-June 2012
Follow up investigations, revisions 
Submissions analysed. Further investigations as needed. Community Board recommendation not to hear submissions endorsed by Council. Amendments to draft master plan.
June 2012
Lyttelton Master Plan adopted by Council.
July 2012 →
Actions implemented by community and Council (capital projects delivered as funding made available).

Vision, goals and actions

The Lyttelton Master Plan contains a strategic vision to transform Lyttelton into a quality place for businesses to operate in, and people to work, live, shop, socialise and play.

The vision is supported by nine goals, which are to be delivered through thirty-one detailed implementation actions. These encourage Council, private sector, community and government-led decision-making to align and move forward together in a logical sequence. 

The vision, goals and actions are described in detail in Section 4 of the Lyttelton Master Plan [PDF, 3.3 MB].

Implementation progress

Key successes to date include:

  • A Lyttelton marketing and attraction campaign.
  • London Street wifi.
  • Relocation of Lyttelton Farmers’ Market into London Street.
  • Lyttelton Harbour Community Response Plan.
  • Repair, renovation and reopening of the following community facilities:
    • Lyttelton Information Centre, April 2013;
    • Norman Kirk Memorial Pool, February 2015;
    • Lyttelton Recreation Centre, February 2016; and
    • combined Lyttelton Library and Service Centre, March 2017.
  • Provision of the following new community facilities:
    • Civic square (Albion Square, including new public amenities, the relocated cenotaph and heritage and cultural references), November 2014; and
    • Lyttelton Community Boardroom, September 2016. 
  • Recovery-supportive District Plan amendments, including in support of:
    • The desired pedestrian linkages through the block bounded by Norwich Quay and Canterbury, London and Oxford Streets;
    • Urban design requirements aimed at improving the pedestrian environment;
    • Public events on London Street;
    • On-site parking reductions; and
    • Building design guidance.
    • Removable fence at Norman Kirk Memorial Pool, which enables year-round use of the flat lawn area next to the pool.
    • Retention of built heritage.
  • A Lyttelton Design Review Panel has been established for an 18 month trial and is currently being reviewed.
  • An improved pedestrian crossing and bus stop were installed on Norwich Quay by NZTA in April 2017.
  • Signposting of the Head to Head Walkway at every intersection on the route through Lyttelton.
  • Restoration and lighting of the Upham Clock Tower.
  • Re-facing of retaining walls on Brittan Terrace and at the Oxford Street/Exeter Street, Hawkhurst Road/London Street and Coleridge Terrace/Dublin St junctions. 
  • Stage 1 of the 4-stage, multi-million dollar project to reopen Sumner Rd to the public.
  • Reinstatement of the Lyttelton Timeball and flagstaff by Heritage NZ.
  • Various transitional projects and permanent public artworks.

To view the corresponding master plan actions, go to page 33 in the Lyttelton Master Plan [PDF, 3.3 MB].

Current projects

Projects currently underway include:

  • Preparation of a Council policy to address suburban parking issues.
  • Work on the Sumner-Lyttelton road corridor, which is now expected to reopen in early to mid-2019.
  • Lyttelton Historical Museum Society is working towards re-establishing the Lyttelton Historical Museum, for which the Council has gifted the former Lyttelton Service Centre site at 33-35 London St.
  • Preparation of a development plan for Naval Point to provide an improved layout, recreation and marine facilities and linkages, with formal public consultation on the draft likely in late 2018.
  • Restoration of The Loons by the Lyttelton Working Mens' Club.
  • The Council's 2018-28 Long Term Plan has confirmed a future funding allocation for remaining Lyttleton master plan projects.


To view the corresponding master plan actions go to page 33 in the Lyttelton Master Plan [PDF, 3.3 MB].