Basking in the sun with a cooling sea breeze and stunning views out across the port – Freemans' celebrated deck is one of Christchurch’s top spots for a summer tipple.
Literally minutes from the city but miles from care in portside town Lyttelton, this Italian institution combines hearty home-made fare (their zucchini fries and gnocchi with pan-fried chorizo are worth walking over the Bridle Path for!) with lush house-made sodas, fine Nelson wines and perfectly chilled beers dispensed from their funky new bar.
A brightly coloured mural courtesy of local artist Wongi brings the port action right up on the deck, while on Sundays, live music from local jazz legend Carmel Courtney and friends from 3.30pm ends the weekend on the perfect note – just get their early as the tables are gobbled up as quickly as the exquisite fare.
The popular annual Lyttleton Summer Festival returns bigger and better than ever in 2015, with a big ol’ expansion from one weekend to ten days making room for a huge and exciting programme of events. The festival runs 6th - 15th February (cleverly taking in both Waitangi Day and Valentine's Day).
Event highlights include The Lyttelton Tea Party, featuring Doprah as the main act, with other bands and musicians (including Into The Void) playing at venues around Lyttelton throughout the night of the 14th February. Popular family event “The Big Pirate Picnic Beach Party” returning at Corsair Bay, is sure to be another highlight. It offers a great afternoon of activities that back onto the the Lyttelton Farmers Market. The beloved Natural Magic Pirate Band will entertain, alongside “Lyttelton's Got Talent,” parachute games, ice creams and music.
With 29 events in the festival in total, it will pay to start...